29 MARCH 1940, Page 2

Turkish and Allied Co-operation

German diplomacy will be almost as hard put to it to drive a wedge between the Allies and Turkey as between Britain and France ; for our association with Turkey rests upon common interests cemented by common action. The Staff talks which have been going on at Ankara between Turkish, British and French military representatives have been pro- longed and are calculated to cover all eventualities. M. Sarajoglu, the Foreign Minister, is reported by the Daily Express as saying that he is well satisfied with the deliveries of arms and other military supplies from Britain and France, which are arriving according to schedule and in far larger quantities than the Germans could have hoped to deliver. He agreed that in the unlikely event of an attempt on the part of the Germans or Russians to divide up the Balkans, that for Turkey would mean war. This, of course, is merely a reaffirmation of her obligations under the defen- sive affiance with Rumania, Yugoslavia and Greece; but it is healthy for Germany to bear constantly in mind that behind the Balkans stands a resolute and well-armed Turkey, that behind Turkey, if needed, stands a powerful Allied army on Asiatic soil, and that Turkey and the Allies have not neglected to work out methods of co-operation for any emergency.