Turkish Reply to President Wilson's Peace Note, December 26, 1916

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Turkish Reply to President Wilson's Peace Note, December 26, 19161

               Ambassador Elkus to the Secretary of State

                                   [TELEGRAM]

                                                                      AMERICAN EMBASSY,
                                                  Constantinople, December 26, 1916.

     In reply to the President's message communicated to the Sublime
Porte on the 23d instant, Minister for Foreign Affairs handed me
to-day a note of which the following is a translation :
     "MR. AMBASSADOR: In reply to the note which Your Excellency was
pleased to deliver to me under date of the twenty-third instant, num-
ber 2107, containing certain suggestions of the President of the United
States, I have the honor to communicate to Your Excellency the
following:
     "The generous initiative of the President, tending to create bases
for the reestablishment of peace, has been received and taken into con-
sideration by the Imperial Ottoman Government in. the same friendly
obliging (?) which manifests itself in the President's communication.
The President indicates the object which he has at heart and leaves
open the choice of that path leading to this object. The Imperial
Government considers a direct exchange of ideas as the most efficacious
means of attaining the desired result.
     "In conformity with its declaration of the twelfth of this month, in
which it stretched forth its hand for peace negotiations, the Imperial
Government has the honor of proposing the immediate meeting, in a
neutral country, of delegates of the belligerent powers.
     "The Imperial Government is likewise of opinion that the great work
of preventing future wars can only be commenced after the end of the
present struggle between the nations. When this moment shall have
arrived the Imperial Government will be pleased [to] collaborate with
the United States of America and with the other neutral powers in
this sublime task.

                                                                      "(Signed) HALIL.
                                                                                ELKUS.


1Official print of the Department of State.