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Do Not Want Authors of Massacres Tried by Turks

DECEMBER 30, 1918

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.-- Armenians in America are much exercised over the report that the Ottoman Government proposes to form a court-martial for the trial of those responsible for the Armenian massacres, and through Miran Sevaly, Charman of the Armenian National Council of America, have protested to the State Department, against such a trial.

"The Armenians," said Mr. Sevasly today," cannot have any trust in justice being meted out by Turkish judges, who were themselves either actual participants in the Armenian massacres of were in sympathy with them. Any such trial should be presided over by allied and American representatives. Otherwise it would be a mockery, a denial, and a travesty of justice.

"Not one of the authors of the massacres of 1915 and 1916 has over been punished. On the contrary the promoters of these massacres have been honored and decorated. It appears quite obvious that this publication of a purpose to try the culprits is intended to deceive the Allies and deceive public opinion in America and all for the purpose of gaining easier and more advantageous terms in the peace conference."

A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922