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French Administration in Syria Accused by the Mandates Commission

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The attention of the Permanent Mandates Commission of the League of Nations at today’s session was centered on the situation in Syria.

Under the chairmanship of Marquis Theodoli, Italian member of the Commission, the members discussed the report of the French Government concerning the situation in Syria. Henri de Jouvenel, French High Commissioner, appeared before the Commission to answer the queries of the members.

Serious charges were directed against the French High Commissioner by the members of the Commission. The charges were: First, that M. de Jouvenel ignored the March Council’s instructions when he refused to enter into negotiations with the Syrio-Druses despite repeated peace overtures from these rebels. They say he demanded unconditional surrender as a prerequisite.

Second, that the administration censored the report of the Mandates Commission, drawn up in Rome in February, which contained several severe indictments of the French administration.

Third, that the May 7 bombardment of Damascus, in which it is alleged 600 persons were killed and 1,000 buildings destroyed, were unjustifiable.

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