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File 1356/1912 Pt 1 'Turco-Persian Frontier:- negotiations at Constantinople.' [‎5r] (18/885)

The record is made up of 1 volume (436 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1912-25 Sep 1912. 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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nothing to oay axcapt to axpresa his aoquioscanoa and ap-
praoiation of tha attituda and ondaavours of iiia Majasty’a
UoverniBent in his intarests.
As regards the proposed river Frontier '«?hioh was ex
plained to him by rough diagram, ha expressed apprehension
of possible interference by the 'rurxs orith vessels along
the shore of Abadan Island between the ^ohamnerah anchorage
in the bhatt-al~i\rab, ;ind t:he sea*
I informed him,that i had no personal doubt that this
was considered already guarded against by existing provi
sions (and reminded him that th© Oil Company's Concession
was included in the strip in question) but that in any case
I would put his representation specifically before (iovarsi-
raent, and would also support his suggestion as to the test
of connection between an island and the Persian shore# In
the latter regard, reverting to the claim reported in my
Telegram of July 10th to 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. , he would have
been glad if it could have been provided that in future
any new island arising on the Persian side of the recog
nised atoamor course should accrue to Persia, but 1 ex
plained to him that such a stipulation would involve a
claim to the middle channel lino, which as before explained,
we tnought it niont not prove possible to max© good#
no mention was made of th© proposed niverain ^oramissioiij
4# It was arranged that as a final reply to th© enquiry
of the Persien Consul at Jusreh, h© should writ© that he
learnt that full information was with th© Persian Govern-
mont and the delegates in Constantinople, so that it would
appear that details could no longer be required from him;
or words to that effect#
Nothing further passed on this subject and the conver
sation turned to other topics.
I have the honour to be,
Pour most obedient servant,
(sd) P. Z. Cox, Li out-Cclone1

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The volume discusses the disputed Turco-Persian Frontier, particularly at Mohammerah, and the negotiations in Constantinople to attempt to settle it.

The correspondence focuses on:

  • the differences of opinion over the actual boundary at Mohammerah, including several maps demonstrating these differences;
  • movements of Turkish and Russian troops;
  • ownership of the Shat-el-Arab and questions of access for navigation;
  • copies of treaties, correspondence and memoranda dating back to 1639 relating to the question of the Turco-Persian frontier.

The principal correspondents in the volume are the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Edward Grey); the Secretary of State for India (Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe); the 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. 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. (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the British Ambassador to Constantinople (Sir Gerard Lowther); the British Ambassador to Russia (Sir George Buchanan); the Viceroy of India (Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst); the British Ambassador to Tehran (Sir George Head Barclay); representatives of the Foreign Office (particularly Alwyn Parker) 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. ; and Arthur Talbot Wilson, on special duty in relation to the Turco-Persian Frontier.

This volume is part one 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 (436 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 two 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 436; 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 leading and ending flyleaves.

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