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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎62r] (132/530)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 5 Sep 1916-27 Mar 1919. 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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Therp would ’bp immediately a party formed. $<m<t W^Ml.
back the Greekg, and the Bulgarians, and some the Rueeiane^
and you would have the Turks enjoying it in the middle and
creating trouble as they always have created trouble between
the '.Vestern Powers by that means. That seems to me to be a
powerful argument. Indeed, if I may say so, it is exactly
Mr Balfour’s argument which has driven me to the conclusion
opposite to th,t stt which he has arrived. I quite agree that
whatever you do, the situation cannot be very tolerable. I
admit that if the alternative is an International occupation
of Constantinople with a Frenchman in one position and an
Englishman in another, and an Italian in another, I rather
incline to think that I should prefer to leave the Turks there.
But if you can put the Americans in (I do not see anybody else
that could possibly be put in) then on the whole I believe
that that would be the position which is most likely to be
permanent. Mind, 1 quite agree with Mr Balfour; I think that
the difficulties of getting the Americans to go there are
enormous. Unle^ you can cut off practically the whole of
the territory and give it to the Greeks, leaving a very small
hinterland to Constant: nople, I do not believe
MR BALFOUR: The Chatalja line.
SIR ROBERT CECIL; That kind of thing.
THE Cii/LIR. iAN : To whom would you give Advianople?
MR BALFOUR: Bu1gav> a•
SIR ROBERT Cl^CIL: You might give it tc Bulgaria, I quite
agree that it is most desirable that we should if possible
fall in with the views of the G-re ko, one berbiu—s «.no. unc,
Roumanians, if they have agreed on some settlement, unless
it is grossly unfair tc Bulgaria. X do not thumc u/iao
Bulgaria has the slightest claim on us from any point of
view. If that is possible I should be ratner inclined to
see that done.
May I say just one word about the Admiralty point about
the Americans? Of course, the Americans would only go there
an the nandatcry of the League of Larions or wnatever you
ope an author i ty..
M -I lR "• j -
like to
I do not myself see on

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The volume contains papers regarding the future of Constantinople [Instanbul]. It includes: 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. minute papers; copies of correspondence between the Foreign Office and Sir George Buchanan, HM Ambassador at Petrograd [St Petersburg], and other British diplomats; draft telegrams from the Secretary of State for India addressed to the Viceroy of India; correspondence between 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 the Foreign Office; and other papers. Some of the correspondence is in French.

Issues discussed in the papers include: whether the Constantinople Agreement, concluded between the British, French and Russian governments in March 1915 (under the terms of which Constantinople and the Straits of the Dardanelles would be annexed to the Russian Empire), should be made public; the possible effect upon Muslims in India of the announcement of the agreement; and the question of the re-conversion of the St Sophia [Hagia Sophia] mosque in Constantinople into a Christian church.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (259 folios)

The subject 3579 (Turkey: the future of Constantinople) consists of one volume, IOR/L/PS/10/623.

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 259; 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 front and back covers, along with the two leading and two ending flyleaves have not been foliated.

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