711.672/540: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the High Commissioner in Turkey (Bristol)


12. Your telegram No. 8, January 19, 7 p.m.

The President has not rejected the treaty. On the contrary, he has done everything possible to secure its ratification. The United States Senate, however, did refuse its consent to ratification. You should make this clear to the Government of Turkey.
It is within the discretionary power of the President to resubmit rejected treaties to the United States Senate for reconsideration. However, it would not be practicable to resubmit the American-Turkish treaty of August 6, 1923, to the United States Senate, because only five Democratic members voted for consent to ratification. In December 1927, a new Senate will come into existence, but it is doubtful whether it will be advisable to resubmit the treaty to that Senate. However, if you think it would be helpful, you may sound out the Government of Turkey on this point.
By accrediting an Ambassador, diplomatic relations would be resumed.

The Department is aware of the attitude previously taken by the Government of Turkey in not entering into diplomatic relations prior to the exchange of ratifications of a treaty of amity. It entertains the hope, however, that one of the two procedures set forth in paragraphs numbered (1) and (2) of the Department’s telegram No. 10, January 18, 7 p.m., may be acceptable to the Government of Turkey in lieu of a treaty of amity.