Turk Chamber Dissolved -nyt19181227

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Court-Martial to Try Officials Responsible for Massacres

DECEMBER 27, 1918

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26. -- Dissolution of the Turkish Parliament was proclaimed yesterday by the Minister of the Interior, according to a dispatch from Constantinople to the Petit Parisian, reported to Washington today through official channels. It had been expected that the Cabinet would fall, the report said, but instead the House of Deputies was dissolved by proclamation.

The Minister read a long declaration in reply to an interpolation from the Deputies of the Opposition in which he outlined the history of the war and pointed out that Turkey was led into it through no necessity but to content the ambitions of some high officials.

It also was reported from Constantinople, the advises said, that the Ottoman Government had decided to create a general court-martial for the trial of all functionaries responsible for the recent massacres of Armenians, although most of them have fled the country with Enver Pasha and Djemal.

The dispatch noted that Marshal Liman von Sanders, formerly head of the German military mission to Turkey and one of those primarily responsible for the massacres, was allowed to leave Constantinople freely.

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