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'Synopsis of our Obligations to our Allies and Others' [‎137v] (4/18)

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The record is made up of 1 file (9 folios, including 3 maps). It was created in 6 Feb 1918. 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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We are bound (if bound at all) ^
L B y the Roumanian Agreement (17th A =
which we undertook — . , ■ t .; tv . 0 f Boumania.
(i.) To guarantee the territorial integrity
(ii.) Not to make a ^g^ttlsment the annexation to
(iii - } ^Rmraania of the Austro-Hungarian territories as marked
on Map III.
, i oaani-nnop-s to the effect that the
2. By public statements ® ; cons tit.ute on essential
liberation ofRoumania and the ho As iuith’s “We shall not
war aim (e.g .,inclusion o Roumania in Mr. As^uit ^
sheathe the swore f B ouma nian territory restated m
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We are bound—
1 By the Anglo-French Agreements of 1916, which have been
communicated to the King. . ,i tz ;„ ( , n v fkp
2. By various written assurances given to the King by the
High Commissioner in Egypt, namely
° ( a ) (L7th December, 1917) that “His Majesty’s Government
1 had no intention of concluding any peace m the terms of
which the freedom of the Arab people from German and
Turkish domination did not form an essential condition.
That His Majesty’s Government were prepared to
“ recognise and support the independence of the Arabs
within territories bounded on the west by the lied Sea,
on the south by the Indian Ocean, on the east by 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. and the Turco-Persian frontier. The
northern and north-western to be left for subsequent
discussion. As regards Mesopotamia the Ring ^ was
warned that “ The established interests of Great Britain
would necessitate special measures of administrative
That Great Britain would guarantee the Holy Places
against external aggression.
We are also bound by subsidiary treaties to Ibn Sand and the
Idrissi Saiyid, but these obligations are of a local rather than an
international character.
W e are bound—
1. By the Pact of London.
2. By the Assurance of the 14th February, 1917. By which
we undertook that His Majesty’s Government would support
at the Peace Conference Japan’s claims in regard to the
disposal (i) of Germany’s rights in Shantung (Kiaochow), (ii) of
the German possessions in the Pacific Islands north of the Equator.
In return for which Japan will support the claims of Great Britain
to the German Islands south of the Equator.
3. By the Paris Economic Conference (1916) (see under France
(hi)). In ratifying the resolutions of the Conference the Japanese
Government reserved considerable liberty of action, and His
Majesty’s Government made similar reservations vis-d-vis of the
Japanese Government.

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In this document, the author outlines the basic details of agreements, treaties and general obligations which exist between Britain and the following countries and individuals towards the end of the First World War (1914-1918):

  • France;
  • Italy;
  • Russia;
  • Roumania [Romania];
  • King of Hedjaz;
  • Japan;
  • China;
  • Belgium;
  • Serbia;
  • Portugal;
  • Greece;
  • Sweden;
  • Holland;
  • Switzerland;
  • 'the Poles';
  • 'the Jews';
  • Jugo-Slavs;
  • Czecho-Slovaks;
  • Albanians;
  • Armenians;
  • Persia;
  • Afghanistan.

The document was printed for the War Cabinet in 1918 by the Foreign Office, and is initialled by 'H G N' whose full name is unknown

Following the synopsis of relations between Britain and other international powers, there is a table between folios 139v-144 which details the 'war aims' of the Americans, British, French, Italians, Russians, Austrians, Germans and Turkish relating to various 'issues', and notes the degree of agreement between the aforementioned countries on these issues. The 'terms' of each country which are noted in the document are often taken from speeches or statements made by their leaders. In the middle of the table are three maps (ff 141-143) which reflect the details of some of the agreements mentioned in the synopsis.

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1 file (9 folios, including 3 maps)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at f 136, and terminates at f 144, 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.

Pagination: the volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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