867.4016/707: Telegram

The High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol) to the Secretary of State

286. Department’s telegram no. 212, October 24, 5:00 p.m.23 Subsequent to action taken by me on September 8th, and reported in my despatch number 455, September 14th, I requested interview with Hamid Bey on September 21st and again urged upon him the necessity for a humanitarian treatment of the refugees who were on that date gathered at Smyrna as well as those who had been evacuated into the interior. I informed him that the eyes of the world were turned upon Smyrna at the moment and that the judgment of the world would be largely determined by the treatment of these refugees by the Nationalist authorities—see my diary dated September 21st transmitted to Department in my despatch No. 481, October 5th.23

On receipt of the Department’s telegram no. 165, September 30, 6:00 p.m., I endeavored to see Hamid Bey but latter had already left for Moudania to attend armistice conference where he remained with the exception of visit of few hours to Constantinople until signature of the armistice convention. Latter event removed danger of Turkish aggression against minorities and in view of my previous representations reported above has rendered any further representations up to the present time inappropriate. We have no authentic reports since the receipt of Department’s aforesaid telegram of any incidents upon which to base representations. I have had one conference with Hamid Bey at which I appropriately set forth our general relief activities in order to create favorable attitude of the Kemalists towards humanitarian work. Should danger again arise [Page 945] Department may rest assured I will lose no opportunity to voice American sentiment as reported Department’s 165, September 30, 6:00 p.m.

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