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100 years ago: Greece’s war aims

06 August 2021

August 5th, 1921.

In the Graeco-Turkish War, Greece had lately carried out a successful offensive in Anatolia, though its fortunes were about to change.

REUTER’s correspondent in Athens, telegraphing to Paris on Wednesday, reported a statement in the Press that Lord Granville, the British Minister, had handed to Mr Baltazzi, the Greek Foreign Minister, a long telegram from Mr Lloyd George stating, amongst other things, that Great Britain raised no objection to the aims pursued by Greece, even including the occupation of Constantinople. On the face of it, it was an unlikely story. The public has grown so accustomed to denunciations of Greek aspirations and assimilated them so thoroughly that to assist or to wish to assist Greece is to incur censure. The noisiest section of the Press would give any ill-informed person the impression that the Greeks, so far from having been our allies in the war, were our deadly enemies. We wish that the sentiments attributed to Mr Lloyd George were authentic, for since an organized outcry has prevented the Government giving material assistance to the Greeks, moral support is the least they can afford. In some places the Greeks have been exterminated, in others they are in imminent danger of extermination.

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