20 NOVEMBER 1920, Page 2

The Turkish insurgents, aided by the Bolsheviks, have made- short

work of the Armenian Republic of Erivan. Having defeated the Armenian forces, they occupied Kars and Alex- andropol and compelled Armenia to sign an armistice on November 7th. The Turks will presumably deal next with Georgia, which declined to co-operate with Armenia and is now left alone to meet the common enemy. The Armenians are now In a worse position than ever, as Erivan under Russian rule had at leant been free from massacre for a generation or more, but Is now exposed to the full tide of Turkish barbarism. It is idle to blame the Allies, whose resources are insufficient to meet the demands made upon them in other ex-Turkish territories. We cannot at once reduce expenditure and police the whole of Western Asia.