611.6731/195: Telegram

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

29. Your 17, May 4, 5 p.m. If note contains detailed proposals please telegraph summary. If the proposal is merely made in general terms is it your understanding that concrete suggestions will be forthcoming from the Turkish Government shortly?

Since its telegram No. 1, November 19, 6 p.m., the Department’s views respecting possible negotiations with Turkey have become sufficiently crystallized to permit of early consideration by it of any concrete proposals which the Turkish Government may have in mind. For tactical reasons, however, the Department still wishes to leave the initiative with respect to detailed proposals entirely with the Turks.