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

No. 1158

Sir: I have the honor to report that by an order of the Ministry of War dated October 31, 1929, no measures will be taken during the year 1930 against Greek citizens returning to this country from America or; against American citizens of Greek origin returning to Greece, by reason of alleged military obligations.

The “amnesty” originally granted for the period March 1–October 1, 1929 (reported in the Legation’s despatch No. 841 of March 1, 1929) was recently extended to cover the remainder of the present year, and according to official information now deceived, it has been further extended to December 31, 1930. An English translation of the pertinent order of the Ministry of War is enclosed.32

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It will be observed that apart from the privilege of returning to Greece without molestation during the period mentioned, military delinquents are offered certain facilities in the event they desire to adjust their military obligations and thus remove the delinquency for all time. It will be also noted that these facilities will terminate on the same date as the “amnesty” now granted—i. e. on December 31, 1930.

I shall in the meanwhile continue to keep the question of a naturalization treaty before the attention of the competent Hellenic authorities, in the hope that it may be possible to come to a definite understanding with respect to the vexatious matters of dual nationality and military obligations.

I have [etc.]

Robert P. Skinner
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