711.679 Residence and Establishment/10: Telegram

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


15. Referring to the Department’s 13, March 5, 5 p.m., and your personal letter dated February 26 to the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs.2

Should you think it advisable, the Department has no objection to the Turkish Government’s being informed in strict confidence by you that this Government is ready in principle for the negotiating of a brief treaty of residence and establishment which embodies the formula the Turks suggested (see your 62, October 2, 1929, noon).
At the same time, however, you should state that, since it is not practicable to present such a treaty to the United States Senate during its present session, it would be the preference of this Government for the treaty’s signature not to occur before the beginning of October, whereupon its presentation could take place immediately after the Senate’s reconvening the first week of December.
In view of the paragraph immediately preceding, and because the treaty to be negotiated will be very brief, it is presumed by the Department that it would not be necessary for actual negotiations to begin until the latter part of September.
It is considered by the Department that, if the Turks find the above procedure acceptable, it will serve not only to reassure them regarding the sincerity of this Government’s intentions respecting this matter, but also to obviate the risk of organized opposition in the United States to the treaty which might develop were there to intervene a considerable period between the treaty’s signature and its presentation to the Senate.
Before the Turkish Government is informed by you of the sense of paragraphs (1) to (3) above, the Department would welcome receiving from you any comments on the above suggestions you may think it necessary to make.
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