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'Synopsis of our Obligations to our Allies and Others' [‎138v] (6/18)

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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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victory of the Allies would secure re
the 6th May, 1915 that “the
tor Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
y nothing of what Montenegro and
Croatia would have.
wide access to the Adriatic, to say
Portuguese claim to this district.
We are bound only—
1. By the Treaty of 1863, which re-affirmed our position as a
Power guaranteeing Greece as an independent and Constitutional
2. Our moral obligations towards M. Yenizelos are naturally oi^
a very binding nature, although the previous offer of Cyprus has, of
course, lapsed. Moreover, under the Sykes-Picot Agreement we
are bound not to cede Cyprus to any third Power without French
Under the Convention of 1856, to which, however, Sweden is
not a party, we agreed that the Aland Islands should not be fortified
by Russia. In 1915 the Germans attacked one of these islands, and
the Russians then decided on placing the islands in a state of defence.
They therefore assured the Swedish Government that the measures
taken were defensive only, and for the period of the war. As
signatories of the 1856 Convention, His Majesty’s Government have
officially associated themselves with this assurance.
We are bound—
1. By the official assurance, given at the beginning of the war,
that if Holland maintained her neutrality we would not violate her
2. By public statements (e.g., Lord Robert Cecil, House of
Commons, 13th December, 1917) : “ There is not now, and never has
been, any intention to interfere in any way with the independence or
integrity of Holland or her possessions.”
By the assurance of the 17th December, 1917, to the effect that
we would respect the integrity and neutrality of Switzerland so long
We are bound—-
and by our enemies.

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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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English in Latin script
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