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Vera Draack (Translation sponsored by Zoryan Institute)
From the Ambassador in Extraordinary Mission in Constantinople (Kuehlmann) to the
Reichskanzler (Bethmann Hollweg)
Pera, 20 January 1917
Even if Mr. Elkus has so far avoided bringing up the Armenian question with the Turks in this connection, there can be no doubt that a revision of the extermination policy against the Armenians would be one of the Americans' demands. The Americans have done a great deal to rouse the Armenians intellectually and, in this way, indirectly contributed to the sad fate of the Turkish Armenians. Certain calming assurances in this connection would be necessary to silence the opposition of the pro-Armenian element in the United States against an economic rapprochement of the two countries. Although today's Turkish rulers have completely identified themselves with the Armenian policy, I still believe that it would not be completely impossible to reverse this policy, particularly now that the objective of weakening the Armenian element of the population has largely been achieved.
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