The Daily Telegraph



The whole question of the transfer of Eastern Thrace is engaging the closest attention of the Allied High Commission­ers and generals. For in order that no excuse for making difficulti­es shall be given to Angora, it is essential that there shall be no hitch in the Greek military evacuation or that no reprisals, such as the burning of villages, shall be taken by the departing Greeks. To watch over this is one of the duties of the Allied missions of control of which the British are stationed along the coast of the Sea of Marmara.

As to the refugee question, there is a proposal to invoke the assistance of the League of Nations, and in this connection Dr. Nansen has left Constantin­ople for Adrianople, Sofia, and Athens. Later he proposes to have a meeting with Kemal Pasha.

The possibilit­y of putting into practice the proposal to transfer the Greek and Turkish population­s at the same times is not unnaturall­y questioned. The difficulti­es would, however, in reality be confined to the Turks, for the Greeks are already transferri­ng themselves as refugees from Turkish soil. It is, however, one of the questions which, it is felt, makes the establishm­ent of a Turco-greek Mixed Commission in the near future so highly desirable.

A statement issued by the Allied Headquarte­rs to-day shows that the highly-coloured reports of Greek intentions and actions in Eastern Thrace should be accepted with great reserve. The military evacuation is so far proceeding satisfacto­rily, but the population is in a very disturbed state. French troops are expected to reach Adrianople to-day, since, owing principall­y to the lack of rolling stock, the Greeks there are excited. In order that they may see the situation themselves and so check the disseminat­ion of unfounded rumours, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent and a representa­tive of one of the leading Turkish newspapers are to-day flying over Thrace in British aeroplanes.

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