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File 1356/1912 Pt 2 'Turco-Persian Frontier:- negotiations at Constantinople. (Mohammerah Boundary)' [‎29r] (66/680)

The record is made up of 1 volume (334 folios). It was created in 26 Aug 1912-4 Sep 1913. 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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Sir Edward Grey to Mr. Marling (Constantinople).
(No. 405.) R. Foreign Office, August 15, 1913, 6'45 p.m.
I HAVE some difficulty in making definite plans for Mr. Wratislaw and Captain
Wilson, partly because I am uncertain of the Russian plans.
I assume that the date of meeting for the several missions, or at any rate the
British and Russian ones, should be fixed as 18th (31st) October at Mohammerah.
Mr. Wratislaw has to return to Crete to conclude private arrangements, and
proposes to proceed direct from there to Mohammerah by sea, as it would be
inconvenient for him to go to Constantinople.
Captain Wilson wishes to spend ten days in Tehran, for business connected with
the Mohammerah-Khorremmabad Railway, some time in latter half of September. He
would propose to go there via Constantinople, which he would have to leave not later
than 5th September (n.s.). You could therefore see him, as you desire, at any time
between now and 5th September most convenient to you, and date of his departure
from London depends on your reply. He cannot return from Tehran to see Russian
Mission, and must proceed direct from Tehran to Mohammerah. If, therefore,
M. Minorsky wishes to see Captain Wilson in Constantinople, the only convenient time
will be between now and 5th September. Please discuss whole matter with Russian
Ambassador and telegraph result. You should warn his Excellency of difficulty of
securing steamer accommodation for mission in the autumn. I suggest date of meeting
to be 31st October instead of 1st December, as first suggested, because I understand
the Russian Mission will be at Constantinople by second week in September, and that
therefore they will be able to reach Mohammerah by 31st October.
(Repeated to St. Petersburg!!, No. 596, and Tehran, No. 359.)

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The volume discusses the ongoing negotiations in Constantinople between the Ottoman, British and Russian Governments through 1912 and 1913 regarding the Turco-Persian Frontier. Also discussed is the decision in July 1913 to establish a delimitation commission to which Albert Charles Wratislaw and Arnold Talbot Wilson are appointed as representatives of the British Government.

Also discussed in the volume is the region of Kermanshah and in particular Qasr-i-Shirin [Qaşr-e Shīrīn], along with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company's concerns over the rights accorded to them in their 1901 concession should some of that territory be ceded to Turkey.

Further discussion relates to the movements of Russian and Turkish troops near the frontier and the withdrawal of Turkish troops from certain places along the frontier.

This volume is part two of two. Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (334 folios)

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

The subject 1356 (Turco-Persian Frontier) consists of 2 volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/266-267. The volumes are divided into 2 parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 334; 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 foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the two leading and ending flyleaves. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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File 1356/1912 Pt 2 'Turco-Persian Frontier:- negotiations at Constantinople. (Mohammerah Boundary)' [‎29r] (66/680), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/267, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2019]

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