Dr. Nansen Reads His Report.
Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, who had been sent to Anatolia by the League of Nations,
read his report on conditions there and made the radical recommendation that
all Greeks under Turkish sovereignty be got away quickly to save them from
starvation or death by other agencies. It was immediately apparent that
something more than the mere discussion of the fate of some few thousands of
prisoners of war had been staged.
Ismet Pasha arose and said that the Turks were willing to begin the
discussion of means for getting all Greeks out of Turkey and suggested that
the conference proceed at once to take up the subject of minorities.
Lord Curzon declared that he felt that many thousands of lives were at stake
and said that quick action must be taken. He said that the Turks had decreed
that all Greeks in Anatolia must get out by the last day of November and
added that they had extended the date to December 13. Immediate steps, Lord
Curzon said must be taken to remove the Greeks by that date.
Venizelos · Possibly the greatest
Greek politician of the 20th century. He was Prime Minister of
Greece during the most trying of times.