711.672/542a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the High Commission in Turkey


14. Refer to Department’s telegram No. 12, January 20, 6 p.m., paragraph numbered (2). During the last few days there have been indications that some of the opponents of the treaty are commencing to be worried over the consequences of their actions. There has even been talk that if the treaty were to be resubmitted to the United States Senate, it might be approved, particularly if there were a reservation which recognized American naturalization of former Ottoman subjects and Turkish citizens.

The above-mentioned tendencies are still very hazy and may be nothing more than an effort to obscure the issue in the United States. On the other hand, these tendencies might possibly be developed into something more tangible should the Government of Turkey take an attitude which would indicate the desirability of resubmitting the treaty to the Senate. So far the Department has discouraged any development along those lines, but would be ready to consider the adoption of a different attitude if you should so recommend after sounding out the Government of Turkey.

In sending this telegram to you the Department has in mind the first reactions of the press of Turkey as set forth in your telegram No. 11, dated January 21, 6 p.m.

The Department presumes that the High Commission is repeating its telegrams to Admiral Bristol at Angora with every possible speed.