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Coll 17/15(2) 'Relations with Persia: Persia-Iraq frontier; Persia's claim in the Shatt-el-Arab' [‎108r] (226/1010)

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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PEBSIA. ; C; ' ' October 3, 1935.
CONFIDENTIAL. ... ib' S2 Section 1.
[E 5941/32/34]
fjn-tp hu Mr. Stemdale-Bennett respecting Perso-Iraqi Relations. {Received in
Foreign Qffice October 3.)
I WAS present yesterday during part of a conversation between Mr. Eden
m i m Kazemi when the latter was speaking about negotiations now m progress
bctw^n the Iraqi and Persian delegations. M. Kazemi said that the question
would come on the agenda of the Council on the 28th September, and he hoped
thnt Mr Eden would say something appreciative about the efforts which had
lem made to“elch a settlement. He attempted to give the impression as he
has been giving the impression throughout m Geneva, that the whole settlement
was that considerable progress had been made with the
. /• o irinartitc treatv of non-aggression between Persia, Iraq and
negotiations “ ^"P““ e tr ^ t5 0 f fr ^ between Persia and Iraq which,
Turlmy and lor a bilateral treaty m estio ^ of the frontier between the two
coimtries^Ve'hid not, however know the latest position^ and “
was not quite clear what the position was
owirfg tollPamoun^of Britis^'shipping d'ic^j^^hj^^pehiTOed^Si^siSlY
said that detailed fy n S eme f thaTt u^Shirit
going to be discussed later, P™bab 7 ^ Government to participate in these
was proposed to invite the United K g . ^ f a su b S equent
negotiations. M. Kazemi confirmed that this was so.^ Buti^ ^ understanding
ambiguous remark on his part, I th & sisnatory in a tripartite
was that we were to be invited ^ ^nd welt on to explain^some-
convention. M. Kazemi avoided a ^ P p regent was the establishment
what equivocally, that what was being T)p rs i a | representative and an Iraqi
of a conservancy commission consisting f 3 /“r tl be Agreed upon between
representative with equal lights, and _ understood between the two parties
the two parties. M. Kazemi said that it was ™der s tood nctw United
that this third member would, m fact, be the reprcsentativ
Kingdom. ,, f -p inr f>,pr before M. Kazemi took his
“it was not possible to pursue the P 01 "* to do so.
leave, and it would probably have been unwme t3 ^gg^ALE-BENNETT.
Geneva, September 28, 1935.
[540 o—1]

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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)

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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