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The Chargé in Greece (Caffery) to the Acting Secretary of State

111. Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs called on me today to make urgent appeal to the Government of the United States to help [Page 417]save 500,000 refugees he says are congregated in Asia Minor ports. He states Greek Government willing to receive these refugees but Greek vessels now employed evacuating Greek troops from Asia Minor and Greek Government has no boats to bring refugees to Greece and no food or tents for them therefore Greek Government appeals urgently for ships and food and tents. Same appeal made to Allied representatives here. French and Italian representatives believe attempt should be made by Allies to organize protection and relief refugees in Asia Minor ports as they consider their transportation to Greece now impracticable. British representative transmitting appeal to London.

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