The High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 2.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith for the information of the Department:
- A copy of a letter dated Tiflis April 16th from Mr. E. A. Yarrow, Director General of the Near East Relief work in the Caucasus.40
- A translation of an agreement between the Soviet Government of Georgia and the Near East Relief for the continuance of the latter’s relief work in the Caucasus.
I desire to call the careful attention of the Department to both of these enclosures. Mr. Yarrow’s letter regarding conditions in the Caucasus contains the first report of a reliable observer which I have received from Tiflis or that neighborhood. I do not entirely agree with all of Mr. Yarrow’s conclusions regarding the present and future relations between the Turks and the Russians in the [Page 842] Caucasus, but was interested to learn of the facilities which the present Government of Georgia has given him for his relief work.
In the agreement signed on March 28th [29th?] at Tiflis, copy enclosed herewith, the local Bolshevik Government apparently grants the Near East Relief workers far more satisfactory terms for their work than has been previously offered by Bolshevik authorities.
I have [etc.]