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Coll 17/4 'Iraq-Syria & Syria-Transjordan frontier: delimitation' [‎377v] (767/788)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (386 folios). It was created in 1 Jun 1921-27 Oct 1932. 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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1 . From the junction of the rivers Tigris and Khabur along the
Eliabur eastwards to its junction with the Hazii Su, northwards along the
Hazil Su to a point due West of Mahri Nar Dagh, excluding the Slopi tribe,
due east along tribal boundary between Goyan to the north and Sindi and
Guli to the South, excluding Nerva and turning N.E. to include Belo and
Margi, to the Khabur river S. of Hadrish, south along the Khabur to Rusi,
turning east along the tributary of the Khabur to Alamun, north east between
Alamun and Bide, S.E. along ridge between Maidani and Dashtani to the
Zab river below Zeri, south along Zab river to point marked Fort, along ridge
eastwards, north of Baikar, north edH along western ridge of Nerve It aid an
to Gliara Dagh, along eastern ridge S.E.* Then S. including Nerva, Raikan
and the Muzuri Bala, crossing Shamsjdinan Su W. of junction of the
Shamsidinan Su and Rudbar-i-Shin, S.E., skirting the summit of Shirin-
dari Dagh, E. along watershed on lat. 37° to the point of intersection of the
Rukuehuk Su with long. 44° 15'.
2. At this point the Mosul Divisional boundary ends, the remainder of
the frontier representing the northern boundary of the Kirkuk Division.
The latter boundary which runs through mountainous and little populated
country, has never been clearly defined. It will therefore be convenient to
adopt from here to the Persian frontier the boundary as delineated on the
map attached to the Treaty. This line follows, approximately, the water
shed S. of the Rudbar-i-Haji Beg.
* Owing to inaccuracies in the map, it is impossible to define correctly the
administrative boundary at this point and, for the sake of convenience, the
treaty trentier has here been followed. See Appendix III.
occUDieVhv tUt-W a 14 is re “ mme . nded t0 include is the country former
Baz. P d by th Assyrian Christians, the Tiari, the Thhuma, the Jilu ai
banks' JT* ° f latitude 37 ° 3 °' the Great Zab enter ^ a deep gorge. On bo
strtm fo ming T t e h r e a VS ra lU* ^ ^ at ^lesV the ma
Villages ifouth nf thfN X V P f v mr , 1 mth a lar « e number of Assyri,
Low Tiarihth il^eenU h R 7 h f.? ank A tJle ‘"B 6 and fertile valley
Assyrian and the habitat nMht sbltba > tbe whole valley being previous
3. To the West of the Tiari^dishilt areThe™* 0 ! V 6ir ?? mmunity -
pastures of the Tiari Assyrians. * lalla q« or summ
SalabeqanTetpied 0 fohmrlv wV Lrft Bank n rf ‘U Zab is a valley call,
This valley leads to the d sfofnt o y f^ff nanS tie seat .of a Mal i b ol chit
of which stands the Walto Davh it,.' Uma ’ ; ' n ' ' !er Christian tribe, to the nor
r r . c , agh the sun nner pasture of the Tkhuma
a series o^Yetlu” and'pietari'aue tab iS th ? Christian district of Greater Jil
large mountain torrent whichkorces ifo the Eudbar -i-Shin,
the Zab below Amadiyah. limestone ridges to jo:
surrounded by orchards and terJacedf fidds. Wlth B gr ° UP ° f Christian villa ° l
name. Beyond rises the ^GharaValllfb .>1 Tov U w ! tl1 a Kurdish village of tlu
used as summer pasturage by the people* of 6 ™^°^ bUt ° Pen summi

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Papers regarding negotiations to amend the borders between French-mandated Syria, and British-mandated Iraq and Trans-Jordan. The papers discuss the boundaries established by the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Treaty of Sèvres, the British push for the inclusion of Amadiyah within the Iraq mandated territories, and the issue of tribal groups crossing border regions. The papers primarily consist of communications between the Foreign Office, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, and the High Commissioner for Iraq, with occasional commentary 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. Political Department.

The file also contains copies of treaties, minutes and appendices from the Committee of Imperial Defence, Standing Sub-Committee for Questions Concerning the Middle East, and minutes and documents circulated by the Council of the League of Nations, including:

  • Memorandum by the High Commissioner for Iraq, stating objections to the frontiers established by the Treaty of Sèvres, including two maps, ff 375-380.
  • Minutes and appendices of the Foreign Office meeting of 13 July 1931, including copies of the Humphrys-Ponsot Draft for Combined Reference to the Council of the League of Nations, and a copy of the Agreement between HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. and the French Government respecting the Boundary Lines between Syria and Palestine from the Mediterranean to El Hammé, Treaty Series No. 13 (1923), ff 315-349.
  • Papers circulated at the Committee of Imperial Defence Sub-Committee meeting of 8 September 1931, including correspondence with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the Beirut formula, ff 238-314.
  • Minutes of the Committee of Imperial Defence Sub-Committee meeting of 23 September 1931, including a sketch map of the Syria-Trans-Jordan frontier, and a report by the British Resident at Trans-Jordan, ff 141-209.
  • Second report by Sir Francis Humphrys on his negotiations in Paris regarding the Syrian frontier, and annexes comprising draft agreements, ff 67-75.
  • Excerpt minutes of the 65th Session of the Council of the League of Nations, 9 December 1931, including copies of the joint request for arbitration submitted by Britain and France, ff 48-66; plus minutes of the sessions on 31 October 1931, and 30 January 1932, ff 37-46.
  • Copy of the League of Nations Mandate, Report of the Commission entrusted by the Council with the Study of the Frontier between Syria and Iraq, Geneva, 10 September 1932 (Official reference: C. 578. M. 285. 1932. VI), ff 6-28, which includes four maps (IOR/W/L/PS/12/2848 (i), IOR/W/L/PS/12/2848 (ii), IOR/W/L/PS/12/2848 (iii) and IOR/W/L/PS/12/2848 (iv)).

The volume includes a divider giving a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 4).

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1 volume (386 folios)

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

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 388; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 4-385; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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