The British Embassy to the Department of State

Paraphrase of Telegram From H.M. Ambassador, Angora, to Foreign Office, Dated May 14th, 1945

Turkish Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs10 told me tonight that Turkish Prime Minister11 and he were somewhat exercised over developments in regard to Dodecanese.

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Monsieur Sumer said that he hoped it would be realized that the future of these islands was a [of?] great importance to Turkey from point of view of her security. A glance at the map sufficed to show this. Turkey had nothing but friendliest sentiments towards Greece but would welcome an opportunity of expressing her own views on this question of the Dodecanese. Turkey would be willing to discuss directly with Greece but hoped she would have support of His Majesty’s Government.

  1. Nurullah Esat Sumer.
  2. Sukru Saraçoğlu.