The Acting Secretary of State to the Italian Chargé ( Valentino )

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Note of November 19, 1918, transmitting a memorandum regarding the situation in Tripoli arising out of the reported violation of the armistice by Turkey, and stating that the Italian Government would appreciate it if the American Government would approach the British Government with the view of having Turkey keep faith to her engagements.

In reply I have the honor to inform you that as the United States is not at war with Turkey and is not a party to the armistice it is unable to take the requested action in this matter.

Accept [etc.]

Frank L. Polk