Massacres of Armenians
TURKISH GOVERNMENT TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE
(From the Press Bureau.)
H.M. Government, in common with the Governments of France and Russia, make the following public declaration:—
For about the last month Kurds and the Turkish population of Armenia have been engaged in massacring Armenians, with the connivance and often the help of the Ottoman authorities. Such massacres took place about the middle of April at Erzeroum, Dertchan, Egin, Bitlis, Sassoun, Moush, Zeitun, and in all Cilicia.
Inhabitants of about 100 villages near Van were all assassinated. In the town itself the Armenians' quarter is besieged by Kurds. At the same time the Ottoman Government at Constantinople is raging against the inoffensive Armenian population.
In face of these fresh crimes committed by Turkey, the allied Governments announce publicly to the Sublime Porte that they will hold all the members of the Ottoman Government, as well as such of their agents as are implicated, personally responsible for such massacres.