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Coll 28/51 ‘Persia. Relations with H.M.G. Treaty negotiations: Article regarding private claims.’ [‎72r] (143/357)

The record is made up of 1 file (176 folios). It was created in 13 Apr 1932-28 Dec 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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have no desire to receive any offer from Monsieur
Atychides. All the same, his information throws valuable
light upon the intentions of the Persian Grovernment and I
venture in the following paragraphs to offer some observations
upon the position regarding the claims article in the
general treaty negotiations.
6. The question of excluding the Atychides
claim from consideration under the treaty is not so simple
as it has seemed hitherto. The refusal of the Persian
Government to entertain fT war TT claims is contained in two
letters from -tf'iruz Mirza, the Minister of Finance, to the
Imperial Bank of Persia, dated January 22nd and April 29th,
1929, about the claims of the Bank against the Persian
Government for losses suffered during the war, and may also
have been asserted orally in the course of the negotiations.
At any rate, during the last two years the Foreign Office
and the Legation have been intent on devising a formula for
the claims article which shall exclude all claims arising
out of the war from consideration by any claims tribunal
which may be set up under the treaty, partly out of
deference to Persian prejudice on the point and partly in
order to exclude the Atychides claim. But this formula, the
exact 7/ording of which is still under discussion, has never
been presented to the Persian Government. Alien it is presented,
they can hardly fail to seize its implications, and it
seems likely that their views on "war" claims will then
undergo a violent change.
7. They would probably start by trying to secure such a
definition of claims classified as "war" claims (and therefore
excluded) as would restrict them to those which arose out of
events taking place in* Persia during the period when the
Government was precluded by the presence of foreign troops
from exercising full control over her territory (the
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Correspondence and other papers relating to the drafting of an article for the Anglo-Persian Treaty, concerning private claims made against the British and Persian Governments. The correspondence concerns: the exclusion from the article of British Indian claims; an agreement by both parties to not pursue certain claims arising from the ‘exceptional circumstances obtaining during the [First] world war’ (f 155); general treaty instructions from 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. , sent to the British Legation in Tehran; details of an historic claim for approximately £900,000, made against the British Government by a Persian subject named Socrates Atychides, whose ship, the Kara Deniz , was detained and declared as prize at Bombay [Mumbai] in 1914; a printed copy of a general review of British claims against Persia, prepared by Hugh Ritchie, formerly of the Foreign Office. Ritchie’s review includes indexes to supplementary volumes (not included in the file) entitled Persia (Legation Claims) , Persia: Consulate Claims (Peace-Time), and Persia: Consulate Claims (War-Time) (ff 22-51). The indexes are lists of British claimants.

Principal correspondents in the file include: John Charles Walton and John Gilbert Laithwaite of 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. ; George William Rendel and Christopher Frederick Ashton Warner of the Foreign Office; W R L Trickett of HM’s Treasury.

The file contains a single paragraph of French text: a draft of the claims article submitted by the Government of Persia (f 168).

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (176 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 178; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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