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'Persian Gulf - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part II)' [‎152r] (11/45)

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The record is made up of 1 file (21 folios). It was created in 1 Sep 1879. It was written in English and French. 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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t1Strs C hne r s e s POrted ' ai1 act of
We would therefore suo^esf fhnf
KoS b tr Her
01 ioreiga Affairs m order that the Turkish
Government may be called oa for explanation and
c o give some suitable compensation to the
two men, Cheyla and Rama."
' s; JlT d toi 3 Ilst ™°' ;i()Ils fr Office,*
,1 ^^t^essed a formal note to the Porte
on the 23rd April 1876, calling for a full explana
tion and adequate compensation.
To this day, however, neither the one nor the
other has been received, the Turkish Government
having, so far as appears, taken no notice whatever
of the communication made to them. The fact is
not without significance in connection with the
proposal to trust to diplomacy for the settlement
of such questions on the Arab coast of the Gulf.
During the summer of 1876 there was a marked
increase of piratical acts along the Guttur coast.
liist. In the month of June or July the owners
of an Aboothabee boat, who had sold some pearls at
Guttur, took the money on board, and anchored in
the harbour of El Bidaa. At night they were
attacked by seven of the Beni Hajir tribe, who
killed the Nakhoda, wounded two of the crew,
plundered the boat, and then proceeded off in a
Persian boat to Nabund, on the Persian coast.
Second. About the same time, a large body of the
Beni Hajir and other tribes in the neighbourhood
of Bahrein attacked the Muttayer tribe near Koweit,
. and suffered a severe repulse.
Third. In the month of August a rumour reached
the Officiating Eesident, to the effect that another
party of the Beni Hajir had seized a boat belonging
to the Oman pearl divers at Odeid.
Fourth. In the same month the Chief of
Aboothabee complained that two of his boats,
which had anchored in the Bay of Odeid, had been
attacked from the shore, one man being wounded,
and one killed.
Pifth. Again in August a section of the Beni
Hajir, residing at Odeid, under the rule of Sheikh
Salim bin Shafee, embarked from that port, and
made an attack upon a boat belonging to Gutfcur,
from which property to the value of ^400 was
plundered. •
The first of these outrages having been committed
in waters of which the territorial possession was
claimed by Turkey, and the Turkish Government
having, on a previous occasion, been held responsible
for the Chief of El Bidaa (with the absence of result
shown above), the Government of Indiaf supported
a recommendation of Jjieutenant-Colonel Prideaux
that the Porte should be pressed to compel the
Chief to give compensation to the sufferers from an
outrage committed within his jurisdiction.
On the general question Colonel Prideaux ex
pressed his views at length in a letter, dated the
3000. c

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A memorandum, written by Adolphus Warburton Moore, Assistant Secretary of the Political and Secret Department of 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. , 1 September 1879.

The document is a continuation of ' Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part I)' (IOR/L/PS/18/B19/1) and broadly addresses the same issues, namely, what to do about Turkish claims to sovereignty along the southern coast of the Gulf that could potentially impinge on Britain's treaty commitments with local rulers and their security responsibilities at sea (the suppression of piracy), and whether to come to some kind of comprehensive arrangement with the Ottoman Government to settle the matter. To support this, the document gives a history of recent affairs in the region, making extensive use of correspondence and memoranda mostly written between 1874 and 1879. The principal correspondents are from the Government of India, the Foreign Office, 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. , and various political and diplomatic offices in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Turkish Arabia, and Constantinople. The matters covered by the document concern events at Bahrein [Bahrain], Guttur [Qatar] - including Zobarah [Al Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. ], Odeid [al-‘Udaid], and El Bidaa [Doha] - Lahsa [al-Hasa], and the Trucial states.

The memorandum concludes by outlining the position of the Foreign Office, the Government of India, and 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. (represented by the author) on the following four matters:

1. The status of Odeid;

2. The need to better define areas of responsibility and jurisdiction with the Porte, and whether to hold them responsible for order along the coast under their authority;

3. A revision of Britain's treaties with Bahrain, the Trucial chiefs, and Muscat;

4. The arrangement of Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. business between the Bushire Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and the Baghdad Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. .

The author quotes extensively from the correspondence and other sources, notes on which are to be found in the margin throughout.

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1 file (21 folios)
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Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at folio 148 and terminates at folio 168, as it is part of a larger physical volume; 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. The main foliation sequence commences at the front cover, and terminates at the back cover; 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: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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