868.51 Public Works/73: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Dawes) to the Secretary of State


189. Department’s 167, July 8, 4 p.m.18 The British member of the International Financial Commission is now in London and says the Commission has not at any time shifted its position. I am informed by the Foreign Office of the approval by the French and Italian Governments [Page 101] of the British draft reply which disapproved service by the Commission of the Seligman loan. The Foreign Office states that, while the text of this note is ready now for delivery, there may be some delay, since all members of the Commission are now, it is understood, away from Athens.

I understand confidentially that the French and Italian Governments would not accept definitely the British draft reply regarding the Seligman loan question until it was established clearly that the Greek share of the Ottoman debt would be serviced by the Commission.

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