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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

Turkey,   pp. 941-958 PDF (6.1 MB)

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Government, by relieving it of certain final installments, a sum
of about $400,000.
  I told the Ambassador that we were all very happy to be able to
render this service to the Turkish Government and that the Secretary,
although he is of course much occupied these days with serious situa-
tions in other parts of the world, has interested himself personally in
this matter.
  The Ambassador was obviously deeply stirred on being informed
of this offer of the American Government. With tears in his eyes
he stated that he was at a loss to give adequate expression to his deep
feeling of appreciation of the spirit of uprightness, moral integrity
and generosity of our Government. "This is" he said, 'incomparably
the happiest day of my whole career."
  I thanked the Ambassador for his kind sentiments and assured him
that this Government on its part deeply appreciated the honorable
attitude assumed by the Turkish Claims Commissioners during the
negotiation of a settlement of our claims against Turkey resulting
from the World WVar and that Mr. Nielsen, who represented this
Government during the sessions of the Mixed Claims Commission in
Turkey, had more than once expressed his high regard for and
appreciation of the courtesy and cooperation shown him by the
Turkish members of the Commission.
  Referring to the fine work of the Mixed Claims Commission in
general, and in particular to the sum agreed upon to be paid to this
Government in settlement of the claims of its nationals against
Turkey, I emphasized to the Ambassador that the difference between
the sum finally awarded to American claimants and the amount which
Turkey had agreed to pay was due to Mr. Nielsen's careful and im-
partial examination of each claim after his return to Washington and
the application to those claims of controlling rules and principles of
substantive law as is customary with us in such instances. Such being
the case I felt confident that, far from questioning in any way the
entire good faith of Mr. Nielsen and his Turkish colleagues in reach-
ing the settlement of October 25, 1934, the Turkish Government
would be in accord with this Government in believing that the Com-
missioners of both Governments were motivated by the highest integ-
rity and ethical standards. The Ambassador said he agreed with
me heartily and was sure that his Government would do likewise.
  In conclusion I explained to the Ambassador that for reasons which
he would doubtless appreciate, this Government desired that no
publicity whatever should be given to its present offer to the Turkish
Government, and I requested him to emphasize this fact in any report
of our conversation that he might make to his Government.
                                               WALLACE MURRAY

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