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CALLIPOLI GRAVES.

BRITISH OWNERSHIP.

{Received April 23, 10.30 a.m.) (Official.) - LONDON, April 22. It is practically certain that the peace treaty with Turkey will include ■' a clause ensuring British ownership, and permanent care of the Gallipoli graves. This question has been consistently advocated at the sessions of the Imperial War Cabinet by Mr Massey, ivho, when in Paris, also had many \ interviews on the subject with ' Mr Balfour, Lord Milner,,. and draft- | ing experts. The clause now. .Rafted provides for the ownership of certain land to be L transferred in perpetuity to the British Government, in order that it may be set apart and maintained as a cemetery and memorial for fallen soldiers in -'ti-ye Gallipoli campaign. The Turkish Government must, within six months a fiber the treaty operates, vest an exclusive title in the British Government, wljio will be entitled to transfer to the Imperial Graves Commission, or some 'other organisation, with full rights to •mJtke any improvements. The land is .:to] be free from any form of Turkish taxation, and free access will be given {.oA British officials and to any persons desiring to visit the cemetery. Subiecii to these limitations the Turkish '"sovereignty over the laud will remain unimpaired, but tSe Ottoman Govern- ~ nnj:nt will at all times prevent a violation of rights, or any desecration of

the graves. ' . . / Numerous meetings with the British Empire delegation are now being held, dealing with peace treaty matters.

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CALLIPOLI GRAVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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CALLIPOLI GRAVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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