765.75/463b: Telegram

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

24. Department’s 21, April 7, noon.38 I assume that upon receipt of the above telegram you immediately sought interviews with the Turkish authorities and I am disappointed at the absence of reports from you regarding Turkish reaction to European developments. In view of Turkey’s outstanding strategic position it is vital for us to know what, if any action, she may be contemplating in the present [Page 395] threatening situation. If you have not already done so I hope that you will seek interviews at once with officials in the Foreign Office and, if necessary, with the Prime Minister and the President, report immediately their views, and thereafter keep us informed of day to day developments as long as the present crisis may last.

  1. Not printed; it requested an early telegraphic report regarding attitude of Turkish Government toward European situation with particular reference to developments in Albania (765.75/463a).