711.672/548: Telegram

The High Commission in Turkey to the Secretary of State

[Paraphrase]

12. Department’s telegram No. 14, January 21 [22], 1 p.m. The Government organ Milliyet, and the semiofficial paper Djumhuriet, [Page 773]print editorials today which are believed to be strongly indicative of Turkish official opinion. The Milliyet states: “Our attitude will be one of dignified indifference.” The Djumhuriet urges that Americans be not made the object of any treatment which is different from that applied to all other countries; and states that Turkish circles are convinced that the rejection of the treaty by the United States Senate is a mere accident. Since my telegram No. 11, January 21, 6 p.m., all press comment has been distinctly conciliatory and friendly, and this attitude has been assumed by such Turkish officials I have met, including the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Grand National Assembly.

All telegrams received from the Department or which are sent by me, are being sent immediately to Angora to the High Commissioner.

Crosby