711.679 Residence and Establishment/48: Telegram

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


5. Your 11, November 14, noon.24 Concurring in your belief that delaying further negotiations with the Turks would be desirable, the Department believes that the Turks may by such action be put in a more receptive frame of mind at the time of resumption of formal negotiations.

In view of the Turks’ apparent eagerness to negotiate this treaty (which they believe will enable them to sign the arbitration and conciliation treaties without modification), it is presumed by the Department that you may, by suspending the present negotiations, be able meanwhile to induce the Turks to go back to the simple formula originally suggested by them and accepted by the Department in principle as the basis of an establishment convention.

If you bear in mind that any considerable suspension of these negotiations probably would mean that the treaty could not come up for Senate consideration during the forthcoming short session of Congress, it would probably be desirable for formal negotiations not to be resumed until September or October, 1931, in case the Turks persist in their proposal now to modify the original formula radically. Any observations you may have to make concerning the latter suggestion would be welcomed by the Department.

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