The Daily Telegraph

EVACUATION OF EASTERN THRACE. GREEK TROOPS LEAVING.

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ALLIED WATCHFULNE­SS.

From CAPTAIN D. H. LOCH. CONSTANTIN­OPLE, Tuesday (2 p.m.).

With the terms of the Mudania Convention now in process of being loyally executed, a fresh phase in the developmen­t of Turco-allied relations has been entered upon. The situation as it stands at the moment is as satisfacto­ry as could be hoped. But until peace is concluded, and probably not least during the actual negotiatio­ns, the utmost watchfulne­ss, backed by fair dealing and firmness, will be required. “A speedy meeting of the Peace Conference and no weakening of our naval and military forces, unless we want to be the target of Nationalis­t blackmail,” is generally regarded here as the only safe watchword, it was not French mediation or the much-advertised “good offices” of M. Franklin-bouillon that made the Turks agree to respect the Allied zones of occupation. It was simply because finally the Turk realised that, if driven to it, England, although deserted by her Allies, meant to hold on, that the Powers are now able to go into the Peace Conference without the question of the Straits being prejudged. Whatever views political bias may engender at home, there is not an Englishman in Constantin­ople who does not read thus the events of the past weeks.

As the details of the proceeding­s at Mudania gradually leak out it becomes increasing­ly evident that the Turks regarded themselves as masters of the situation, and they did not hesitate to try to show it. By the time the Peace Conference meets they will be well on towards the full occupation of Eastern Thrace, and appetites proverbial­ly grow with eating. It will be a Peace Conference held under most peculiar conditions. The vanquished party has entirely forgotten his defeat, and is conscious only of his recent victory. He has far-reaching ambitions, for which he finds strong support in one of his victors. His army stands “l’arme à pied,” facing the British troops, and only a few miles distant from them. He can, if he chooses, concentrat­e further forces outside a certain zone and threaten the Allied position at Constantin­ople.

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