The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Turkey (Shaw)
18. Your 10, May 3, 6 p.m. If you are questioned as to nature of claims you may state that they consist largely of cases arising out of [Page 899]the acts of the Turkish military and civil authorities during the years 1914–1922 and include such matters as requisitions and confiscations.
The Department has contemplated the possibility of accepting a lump sum payment in installments. Inasmuch as this method of payment would be a concession on the part of this Government, you may wish to make use of the point for bargaining purposes. You are free, however, to state our willingness to consider installment payments whenever you consider it advantageous to do so.