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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎256r] (520/530)

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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 Dooament is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government,
' and should be returned to the Foreign Office when done with unless
required for official use.]
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Dec^ner. sir G, Bachensoi (pebrogrea)
September 1st., 1916,
9.j.6 p-m. September 1st'. 1916.
- ,-.,-hG 13.15 p*nu September 2 nd 0 19 i 6 „
No, 1382.
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i.'Iinister lor Foreign Affairs informed me and
French Ambassador this morning that Italian Government
naa asked that all agreements that had been concluded
between Russia Prance and Great Britain should now be
communicated to Italian Government. Re was he added,
telegraphing to Paris and London on the subject.
I expressed purely personal opinion that the time
had come to publish our agreement about Constantinople
in oraec go put an end to stories being circulated in
tins country to the effect that Great Britain was
opposing Russia's claims to Constantinople. Now that
Roumania had joined us I saw no reason for maintaining
secrecy on the subject and its publication would dissi-
..Uvi-o suspicions still entertained in some quarters as
to England’s intentions. His Excellency someahat to
surprise expressed cordial concurrence.
On m.y mentoring aDove to 11 de Sasonow whom I met
naubi j.n the day His Excellency expressed hope that em e:
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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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