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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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to pay the sum of $1,300,000 in thirteen annual installments of
$100,000 each in full settlement of claims of American citizens em-
braced by the Agreement of December 24, 1923. The sum which the
Turkish Government has obligated itself to pay thus exceeds by
$400,661.91 the amount required to meet the awards which have
been made to American claimants.
  It is proposed to relieve the Turkish Government of its obligation
to pay this excess sum, and with that end in view you are requested
to call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs and to hand him a note
reading textually as follows:
  [Here follows text of note No. 93, September 23, 1937, from the
Charge in Turkey to the Turkish Acting Minister for Foreign
Affairs, printed on page 957.]
  In handing the above note to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
please request him to consider its contents as strictly confidential.
  Very truly yours,                    For the Secretary of State:
                                                HUGa R. WILSON
467.11/1120
   Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Near Easter'n
                        Affair& (Murray)
                              [WASHINGTON,] September 10, 1937.
  During a call from  the Turkish Ambassador this morning I in-
formed him   of the substance of the note which our Charge
d'Affaires in Turkey is being instructed to deliver to the Turkish
Minister for Foreign Affairs regarding the American-Turkish
claims settlement effected on October 25, 1934.
  The note sets forth that whereas the Turkish Government had
undertaken to pay to the Government of the U1nited States the sum
of $1,300,00 in full settlement of the claims of American citizens
which were embraced by the Agreement of December 24, 1923, such
payments to be made in thirteen annual installments of $100,000
each, beginning on. May [June] 1, 1936,22 it had been found after
careful and impaltial inquiry by Mr. Fred K. Nielsen, our Corn-
missioner who has had the claims of American citizens under con-
sideration, that the awards would amount to somewhat less than
$900,000. This Government therefore took pleasure in informing
the Turkish Government that under the conditions set forth in the
above-mentioned note there would be remitted to the Turkish
22 The date on which annual installments on claims of American citizens
were to be paid by the Turkish Government was subsequently postponed
from June 1 to June 20, as a result of an exchange of notes dated October
1, and
November 3, 1937, between the American Charg6 and the Turkish Minister for
Foreign Affairs. See Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 115.
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