864.01/7–1344: Telegram

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

632. Solely for Kelley from Berle. Previous reference is Department’s No. 381, April 29th. I understand that Ujvari, pro-Ally Consul at Istanbul of the former Hungarian Government, is being reduced to the status of an exiled alien by the Turkish Government. It would be useful if his consular status could be maintained. It is believed that the pro-Nazi Hungarian Minister is back of attempt to remove him in order that a consul favorable to the Germans can be appointed. Please report if you consider there is anything which you can do urgently, discreetly, to assist him. Do you consider that it would be helpful if the matter were mentioned to the Turkish Ambassador here?76 Please telegraph reply.77

Please repeat to Istanbul for information of Berry. Ambassador Steinhardt has been informed. [Berle.]

  1. Mehmet Münir Ertegün.
  2. In telegram 1289, July 15, 1944, 5 p.m., the Chargé in Turkey replied that the Turkish Government was permitting Mr. Ujvary to remain in Turkey as a private individual, the Hungarian Government having removed him as Consul. The Chargé did not believe the situation could be changed by taking the matter up with the Turkish Ambassador in Washington. (702.6467/7–1544)