467.11/590: Telegram

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


17. Department’s 4, May 20, 2 p.m.7

My number 13, May 10, 4 p.m., has given Department an inaccurate impression.
Present situation is that Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs has been informed that we have a certain number of claims against Turkey, that these claims amount to a certain sum and that we are willing to settle for a certain percentage of this sum. He says that on such a completely and obviously one-sided basis he cannot discuss lump sum plan effectively with his colleagues and even if he could do so it would be impossible for him to defend before Assembly a settlement which would be nothing more nor less than an act of blind faith.
Minister therefore asks for a list or catalogue of claims not for purpose of discussing claims with me one by one and from point of view of law and fact but in order to inform himself regarding claims in general way and thus be able to arrive at some considered judgment concerning our lump sum proposal.
Our present problem is to furnish him minimum data on claims necessary to secure decision on our lump sum proposal without getting drawn into discussion of principles, individual claims and categories.

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