19 SEPTEMBER 1925, Page 2

Among the suggestions which have been made lately is one

by the Turks themselves, that they should surrender the district of Diala and enter into a Security Pact which would embrace Turkey, Iraq, Persia and Great Britain. If this idea, though probably it is not workable in itself, is capable of setting on foot more useful negotiations it ought not to be dismissed. We should not, however, have great hopes of any plan which would depend on the keeping of promises. Persia does not know how to admin- ister her affairs in such a way that promises can be kept, and Turkey, as she has just shown once more, does not wish to keep promises.