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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Turkey,   pp. 941-958 PDF (6.1 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
of intention to negotiate. Please request the Turkish Government,
however, to withhold any publicity on this subject until the date on
which it is agreed that formal notice and the list will be made public
here.
                                                           11LL
ADJUSTMENT OF PAYMENTS DUE TO THE UNITED STATES BY TUR-
KEY UNDER THE AGREEMENT OF DECEMBER 24, 1923, AND SUBSE-
QUENT SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS19
467.11/1116b
  The Secretary of State to the Charge in Turkey (lWashington)
No. 168                          WASHINGTON, September 8, 1937.
  SIR: The Department is transmitting under separate cover, for the
use and information of the Embassy exclusively, three copies of the
Opinions and Report prepared by Mr. Fred K. Nielsen in connection
witth the American-Turkish claims settlement under the Agreement
of December 24, 1923)20 and supplemental agreements 21 between the
United States and Turkey. For convenience of reference there is
quoted below the penultimate paragraph of Mr. Nielsen's "General
Report", appearing on pages 3-41 of the above-mentioned volume:
  "Toward the close of negotiations the Turkish Delegates proposed
a settlement in the sum of $1,200,000. This was considered by the
Department of State to be inadequate. The sum originally proposed
by the Government of the United States, $5,000,000, is considerably
more than the sum agreed upon in settlement of all claims, $1,300,000,
and much more than the total of the principal sums ascertained by
the determination of each of the cases on its merits, $539,844.13, and,
further, much more than that sum and interest which total $899,338.09.
However, it may be confidently stated, without any apprehension of
error, that, after a scrupulously careful examination of each case,
the total of principal amounts ascertained represents everything that
could possibly be awarded as compensation in the light of evidence
and by application of controlling rules and principles of substantive
law. It may be added that, in accordance with customary procedure
in the treatment of evidence in international claims, application has
been given to a liberal practice, which inures to the benefit of
claimants."
  It will be observed that the total amount of the awards made to
claimants, plus interest, is $899,338.09, whereas the Turkish Govern-
mlent, under the terms of the Agreement of October 25, 1934, agreed
  "For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1934, Vol. II,
pp. 894 if.
  eIbid, 1923, vol. II, p. 1190.
  2F Uor text of agreemernt sinned Oftober 25, 1934, see ibid., 1934, vol.
II, p. 933;
for exchange of notes, signed at Ankara, May 29 and June 15, 1936, see Depart-
melnt of State Executive Agreement Series No. 113, or 51 Stat. 353.
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