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The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah. Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914. Case for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown and Opinion thereon T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers' Department, 29 Mar 1933. inc The date gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah. Historical summary [undated] [‎33r] (65/70)

The record is made up of 1 file (35 folios). It was created in 29 Mar 1933. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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14,
discriminatory tax would bo imposed on either Sheikh
in future (as proposed in the 19?4- solution; see
paragraph 10 above).
21o The claims of the She ikh of ..ohammerah under the
1914 undertaking are on a somewhat different basis to
those of the Sheikh of Koveit. The Sheikhs of ^oweit
remain independent rulers, but the Sheikh of x/iohammerah
has relapsed into subjection to Persia and it is conceivable
that he v.ill have no "successor" in the special and semi-
independent feudal circumstances which it might be claimed
His Majesty's Government had in mind in entering into the
engagement of 1914. The Foreign Office have taken the
view that the Sheikh of iiohammerah should be treated
during his life-time on the same basis as the Sheikh of
Foweit 5 without prejudice to a possible decision on his
death that he had no 'successors' and that His majesty's
Government could therefore regard their obligation as
exhausted. As regards the modality of the compensation
it had been suggested that the payment should be made
through the Legation at Tehran to prevent the money being
seized by the Persian Government; this suggestion did not
however commend itself to the Legation, who suggested that
payment should be made through a bank.
22. Assuming that there is no reasonable prospect of
inducing the Iraoi Government to agree to the 1954 proposals
(see paragraph 10) four alternative solutions of the
" possession " question would appear to remain for discussion:
(a) The Ambassador's 1955 proposal for a
Commission with full powers (see paragraph 14),
(b) A Commission with limited terms of
reference (see paragraph 16),
(c)

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This file contains a British Government report (folios 1-19) regarding promises made by the British in 1914 to the rulers of Kuwait and Mohammerah concerning their ownership of date gardens in Iraq.

The report contains a description of the situation and the legal opinion of T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers of the Crown. The report includes an appendix containing copies of a number of relevant memorandums and letters.

The file also contains an undated report (folios 20-35) entitled 'The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah' that provides a detailed historical summary of the case.

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1 file (35 folios)
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The file is divided into two sections; the 'Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914' and a 'Historical Summary'.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the first folio of the former and terminates at the last folio of the latter; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Pagination: Each section of the file also contains an original and distinct pagination sequence.

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The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah. Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914. Case for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown and Opinion thereon T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers' Department, 29 Mar 1933. inc The date gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah. Historical summary [undated] [‎33r] (65/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x000042> [accessed 21 March 2019]

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