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Coll 17/15(2) 'Relations with Persia: Persia-Iraq frontier; Persia's claim in the Shatt-el-Arab' [‎38r] (86/1010)

The record is made up of 1 volume (502 folios). It was created in 21 Feb 1935-15 Jan 1936. 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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DISIhIBUTIQN.
De cypher. Mr♦ Bat emeu (Bagdad ),
Novemher 20th IS35,
D. 4,30 p.m.
h, 7.00 p.m.
November 20th 1S35.
November 20th 1935.
No•269•
Following for Mr. Render;-
My telegram No.266.
Nuri Pasha today confirmed my appreciation of present
situation. He does not feel forthcoming negotiations will
lead anywhere and is prepared for further disappointment.
His information is that Kazemi is deliberately aiming
at failure so as to break Samii who is said to be in
London at present and may refuse to head Persian delegation
in Bagdad until auguries are more favourable.
Nuri Pasha added that negotiations for treaty of
friendship at Geneva ended in deadlock owing to insistence
of Iraqi Government on British participation on equal
basis in conservancy board and negotiations for convention.
He endeavoured to sweeten the Persians who blamed His
Majesty’s Government for impasse by deferring to their
wishes in regard to near eastern non-aggression pact.
When negotiations sire resumed in Bagdad Iraqi
delegation will take line that if Persians really want
treaty of friendship they will only get it by agreeing to
British .participation in discussion of conservancy board
convention which Nuri wants to be dealt with separately
and apart from treaty of friendship. In his view this
treaty touches frontier questions too intimately ro allow
of conservancy board convention being safely considered m
connexion, with it. . , . ,
Addressed to Foreign Office No*269 Ndvemoer 20mi,
repeated to Tehran No.73,

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This volume is a continuation of Collection 17/5, and contains papers regarding negotiations between Persia [Iran] and Iraq at the League of Nations in 1935, mediated by Italian delegate Baron Pompeo Aloisi. The papers primarily consist of communications regarding the negotiations submitted to the Foreign Office by HM Ambassadors at Rome, Teheran and Baghdad, as well as comments by 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. Political Department, the Admiralty, and representatives of the Governments of Persia, Iraq, and Italy.

The negotiations concerned the frontier line along the Shatt el-Arab, the possibility of granting a Persian anchorage at Abadan [Ābādān], the rights of Persian and British warships to traverse and refuel on the river, and the proposed establishment of a Conservancy Board. Following negotiations in Geneva, Rome and Tehran, the Persian and Iraqi Governments had practically agreed on three instruments: a pact of non-aggression, to be signed by Iraq, Persia and Turkey; a treaty for the peaceful settlement of international disputes between Persia and Iraq; and a treaty of friendship, which would settle the frontier question and establish the Conservancy Board.

In addition to the correspondence, the volume contains: documents circulated by the Council of the League of Nations; Reports on the Sessions of the Council submitted to the Foreign Office by C J Edmonds, Second Adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs; multiple drafts of the treaty of friendship and non-aggression treaties; and copies of notes exchanged by the Iraqi and Persian Ministers at the League of Nations. A number of these documents are written in French.

The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 1).

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1 volume (502 folios)
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 498; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-498; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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Coll 17/15(2) 'Relations with Persia: Persia-Iraq frontier; Persia's claim in the Shatt-el-Arab' [‎38r] (86/1010), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2870, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100045015589.0x000057> [accessed 10 December 2019]

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