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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] [‎34r] (67/70)

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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15.
(c) Some modification of the 1954 proposals
more likely to "be acceptable to the Iraqi
G-overnment.
(d) Arbitration (c.f. paragraph 9).
Further action as regards the " compensation "
question vvill to some extent depend on i hich of the above
courses is to be adopted in the "possession" Question.
It is ior discussion v.hether the "compensation' 1 aspect can
be pursued independently of the ''possession" aspect
(c.f. ^aragraDh 19); v.hether a solution should be worked
out previously, concurrently or subsequently to the
"possession' 1 settlement (c.f. paragraphs 16 and 20); and
whether the settlement should be on the lines now proposed
by the Treasury (see paragraph 20) or whether another of
the alternative solutions proposed by the 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. in
1953 (see paragraph 13) should be pursued.
<33. It is possible that reference may be made during
the discussion to a despatch recently sent to the Ambassador
in connexion with the "oosition of the Sheikh of Poweit in
regard to civil suits in the Iraqi courts. Sir A. Clark
Kerr has been instructed to explain to the Iraci G-overnment
that the suits brought against the Sheikh in respect of his
real property in Iraq would normally have come within the
scope of the exception admitted by International Law to
the general rule of immunity from process of foreign
sovereigns, and that His iviajesty's Government would normally
have been prepared to transmit the relevant documents for
s -:rvice on the Sheikh, but that they nevertheless consider
themselves

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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] [‎34r] (67/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x000044> [accessed 27 May 2019]

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