467.11/581: Telegram

The Chargé in Turkey (Shaw) to the Secretary of State

13. My 12, May 9, 4 p.m. At his request I had a second meeting with Shukru Kaya Bey yesterday after he had talked with Ismet Pasha.6 He again said that personally he was in favor of the lump sum settlement procedure but that it was impossible to dig into the idea without more information on claims. He asked for a list or catalogue of the claims which would show for each claim

name and birthplace of claimant,
nature and origin of claim,
date of act or event giving rise to claim
nature of proof.

I countered with statement contained in Department’s 18, May 4, 6 p.m., but without making headway. He was slightly more impressed when I spoke of possibility of letting him have some classification of claims, with amounts set forth under each item, although he expressed view that classification should be combined with list of claims.

I do not believe progress can be made unless Turks are given additional data concerning claims. They are not asking for dossiers but for something between statement contained in Department’s 18, which they find too general, and actual dossiers. If list is sent me please use open mail to Istanbul. Please instruct.

  1. Ismet Inönü, Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic since 1923.