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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎157r] (322/530)

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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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[ This Document is the Property oi His Britannic Majesty’s Government,
and should be returned to the Foreign Office when done with unlesi
required far official use.]
Your telegram No* 1779*
Minister for Foreign Affairs is distinctly against
publication if it can be avoided* If however Russian
Government consider it indispensable ho hopes that only
Russian message and short British and French memorandum
and note will be included.
As regards proposed foot-note to be added to British
memorandum it would open the door to numbers of interpel
lations which would be better avoided* If you feel it
necessary to mention insistence of His Majesty’s Govern
ment that Arabia and Mussulman Holy Places shouad be
under independant Mussulman dominion he makes no difficult
about this which may well be opportune. Reference to free
port and commercial freedom od Straits will certainly
provoke questions and discussions.
But reference which he most dreads in proposed foot*-
note is tnat to necessity for taking into consideration
our future interests in Asiatic Turkey* It is now more
than a year since Constantinople agreement was signed.
Questions would at once be addressed to him here as to
whether nothing had yet been done in this respect and
Whether Italy 1 s interests had also been dealt with* He
could not meet such questions with silence and any answer
he could at present give wou3-d probably involve his
Decypherv ,..,Sir R* Redd (Rome)
Doc^mher 4th*1916.
R. 8 Decstnher 5th. 1916. K 1
No. 1163.

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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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