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File 3877/1912 Pt 5 ‘Turkey in Asia: oil interests’ [‎29v] (60/60)

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The record is made up of 1 part (29 folios). It was created in 19 Mar 1914-23 Aug 1917. 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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10. The three groups participating in the Turkish Petroleum Company shall give
undertakings on their own behalf and on behalf of the companies associated with
them not to be interested directly or indirectly in the production or manufacture of
crude oil in the Ottoman Empire in Europe and Asia, except in that part which ig
under the administration of the Egyptian Government or of the Sheikh of Koweit, o^J
in the “ transferred territories ” on the Turco-Persian frontier, otherwise than througu
the Turkish Petroleum Company.
Foreign Office, London, March 19, 1914.
Imperial German Government),
Britannic Majesty’s Government),
National Bank of Turkey),
Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company, Limited)
Deutsche Bank),
D’Arcy Group),
(For the
(For the

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A chronological continuation of File 3877/1912 Pt 3 ‘Turkey in Asia: oil interests’, Part 5 comprises correspondence following the annulment of the 19 March 1914 agreement on oil concessions in Mesopotamia, which discusses the wider implications of the war on oil concessions in Turkey, and anticipation of post-war agreements. The principal correspondents are: the Assistant Undersecretary to the Foreign Office (Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen); Secretary of the Political 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. (Sir Arthur Hirtzel); the Director of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC, Charles Greenway).

The correspondence includes:

  • discussion of the elimination of German interests in Turkey and Arabia;
  • the split between Britain and France of former Ottoman territories;
  • existing APOC claims in the Mesopotamian vilayets of Mosul and Baghdad;
  • Shell Royal Dutch Group’s claims in the Mesopotamian oil concessions.
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1 part (29 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front.

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