861.48 Refugees 67/4: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey (Grew)

4. Ninety thousand dollars have been pledged in this country to assist in carrying out League of Nations plan for evacuation Russian refugees now in Constantinople. League representative in Turkey is understood to be in touch with competent Turkish authorities and will renew request for reasonable delay after February 6 to carry out evacuation as planned.

Since American citizens by giving money and through their personal efforts are in effect facilitating carrying out of Turkish Government’s decision to evacuate Russian refugees, Department would not object to your informally and orally referring, while at Angora, to this American contribution and to your expressing hope that sufficient time after February 6 may be granted to permit carrying out of plan now formulated and about to be put into effect.