HC Deb 01 December 1920 vol 135 cc1252-3

(by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs if Kemalist Turkish forces have attacked the Armenian Republic; if after sanguinary battles the Armenian troops were forced to abandon certain places; whether the Kemalist troops are advancing on the capital of Erivan; whether the Kemalist troops, are being supported by troops of any European country; and whether any steps are being taken by the League of Nations or any of the Great Powers to arrange a peaceful settlement?

Colonel Sir R. SANDERS (Lord of the Treasury)

Owing to an attack on the Erivan Republic by Kemalist troops the Armenian forces have been compelled to evacuate Kars and Alexandropol. An armistice was signed on 7th November, but fighting continued until 18th November, when a fresh armistice was signed. His Majesty's Government have no information that Erivan is in danger or that the troops of any European country are supporting the Kemalist forces. The League of Nations have appointed a committee to consider what steps can be taken to put an end to the hostilities between the Armenians and the Turkish Nationalists.