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File 4327/1911 Part 1 'Turco-Italian War: HMG's Proclamation of Neutrality' [‎187r] (45/88)

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The record is made up of 1 item (43 folios). It was created in Oct 1911-Dec 1911. 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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Foreign Office,
October 9, 1911.
With reference to the notification which
appeared in the London Gazette of the 6th
instant, His Majesty’s Secretary of State for
Foreign Affairs has received, through His
Majesty’s Ambassador at Rome, a Declaration
from the Italian Government with respect to
Contraband of War, of which the following is
a translation: —
Rome, October 4th, 1911.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has the
honour to notify that, having regard to the
state of war existing between Italy and Turkey,
the following articles will be considered by
Italy as Contraband of War in accordance with
the provisions of the Mercantile Marine Code
of the Kingdom: —
Cannon, rifles, carbines, revolvers, pistols,
swords and other weapons, whether firearms or
sidearms, munitions of war, military equip
ment of every species, and generally every
thing which without manipulation can be put
to immediate use in connection with land or
maritime warfare.
The Royal Ministry for Foreign Affairs at
the same time notifies that, since the Ottoman
Government have taken no steps with a view to
exempting Italian merchant vessels from cap
ture, but, on the contrary, have committed
acts of seizure and capture to the prejudice of
Italian merchant vessels, the Royal Govern
ment, in conformity with the provisions of the
laws in force and the general principles of the
law of nations, reserve to themselves the right
of capture and seizure of Ottoman merchant
The Royal Ministry for Foreign Affairs will
be glad if the above declaration can be brought
as soon as possible to the knowledge of the
Governments concerned.
{Extract from the London Gazette of Tuesday, 10 October, 1911.)
Printed by Wyman & Sons, Ltd.,
For Rowland Bailey, Esq., C.B., M.V.O., the King’s Printer of Acts of Parlianaent.
(0396.) 100. 10/11-

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Part 1 consists of correspondence relating to Britain's position of neutrality during the Italo-Turkish War in Libya in 1911. The papers include a royal proclamation in the London Gazette stating Britain's position (folios 207-208) and the according rules of conduct for authorities in British territories, as set out by the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey (folio 205).

Several incidents relating to these rules are covered by the papers:

The correspondence is between 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. , Foreign Office, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Aden, Privy Council Office, and the Italian Embassy in London.

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

The subject 4327 (Turco-Italian War) consists of one volume divided into four parts.

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File 4327/1911 Part 1 'Turco-Italian War: HMG's Proclamation of Neutrality' [‎187r] (45/88), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/196/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 25 May 2020]

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