The Minister in Greece (Skinner) to the Secretary of State

No. 841

Sir: I have the honor to report that, pending the conclusion of the naturalization treaty with the Hellenic Government, I have recommended that temporary measures be taken which would facilitate the arrival in this country of persons of Greek origin who, under the normal application of laws and regulations, might be held for military service or the payment of fines, and I have now received a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs covering this matter in satisfactory form, and in the following terms:

“In reply to the Note No. 204 a. p. addressed by the American Legation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the latter has the honor to state that the Government of the Republic has decided to postpone all [Page 462] proceedings because of military obligations, as respects excursionists departing from the United States, of Hellenic origin, during the whole of their sojourn in Greece. The measures taken in favor of the said excursionists will be applicable from March 1st to October 1st, 1929.”

It is understood from the competent officials at the Foreign Office that Greek Consuls in the United States have been instructed to issue to such excursionists a special certificate upon which his Greek visa will be placed.

I suggest that the above information be communicated to the press for the benefit of the public.

I have [etc.]

Robert P. Skinner