767.68119P/48: Telegram

The Special Mission at Lausanne to the Secretary of State


399. Eleventh meeting first committee today.

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Judicial declaration—Text as agreed on by Ismet and Allies (see my 384, May 21 [31], 1 a.m.) accepted. Grew read following statement:

“The declaration which His Excellency Ismet Pasha has indicated his willingness to make, is, I believe, intended to inspire confidence in the ability of Turkey in the administration of justice in her territory to secure to foreign citizens and companies the fundamental rights which they enjoy under the best and most modern systems in other countries. I am glad he has seen fit to specify in this declaration some of the measures which Turkey deems calculated to achieve this desirable result.

I venture to add one general observation: The really important consideration is the largeness of spirit in which the entire judicial system of Turkey is to be administered in the future.

I am sure that no one realizes more clearly than does His Excellency that it is in the interest of Turkey herself to interpret the terms of this declaration in the most liberal spirit. On the administration of justice within her territories more than perhaps on any other factor will depend the economic future of Turkey and her friendly relations with other countries.”

In answer to inquiry posed by Rumbold, Ismet stated that Turkey intends to engage at least four legal advisers whose conditions of service will be fixed in common accord between the Turkish Government and the Permanent Court of Justice at The Hague.

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