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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

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FOREcIGN RELATIONS, 191]9, VOLT-TATE 11
EXHIBIT D
AMERICAN MILITARY MISSION,
On Board U.S.S. " Martha Washington," October 9, 1919.
MY DEAR GENERAL: I acknowledged receipt at Samsoun of your
letter setting forth the aims of the party of which you are the Chief.
I thank you for it. In our journey after leaving Sivas we were
recipients of many courtesies from your people.
I have been informed by members of my Mission who have trav-
elled through Malatia, Kaiseriya and Marsovan that the Armenian
people in those regions are still very apprehensive of danger from
the Nationalist movement, and that some are leaving their homes
again in consequence of threats from their Turkish neighbors. I
found similar uneasiness in other places. I again invite your atten-
tion to the keen interest America has in the safety and welfare
of these people, as shown by President Wilson's cable to the Turk-
ish Government, and suggest a wider circulation of the informa-
tion that your organization is in no way inimical to the Christian
population of the Ottoman Empire, as I understood from you
is the case.
Please accept my thanks for your courtesy to my party, and
believe me,
Very truly yours,
JAS. G. HARBORD,
Major General, U.S.A.
GENERAL MUSTAPHA KEMAL,
Representative of the Committee for the Defence of Turkey,
Sivas, Turkey.
EXHIBIT E
DECLARATION OF THE CONGRESS OF SIVAS
In view of the exterior and interior perils which threaten our
country, the national conscience has become awakened and gave
birth to our congress which has reached the following decision:
I. All of the Turkish territory within the frontier outlined 30 Oc-
tober 1334 (1918), between the Ottoman Government and the Allies,
and inhabited by a preponderate majority of Turk population, will
form an undivided and inseparable whole. All the Mussulman ele-
ments living in said territories are filled with mutual sentiments of
respect and devotion for the social conditions of the country and form
a veritable fraternity.
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