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Coll 7/14 'Persia and Persian Gulf: suggested Anglo-Persian Arms Traffic Agreement. Persia and the Arms Traffic Convention' [‎302r] (614/1190)

The record is made up of 1 volume (591 folios). It was created in 18 Aug 1926-28 Jun 1933. 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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Persian 'juxf is that v/e shall have to concede to the Persians
the converse right to search British vessels. There is
also, of course, the general objection urged by Fowle that
more agreements of any kind are undesirable since they are
used by the Persians to secure their oun advantage and are
not complied with by them if they work to their disadvantage.
you will see from the enclosed telegram regarding the
Arms Traffic Convention, the Government of India are not
To Secretary of State for India, London, f disposed to attach any
I\ T o. 2358, dated the 15th December 1932. *
---j 1 very great importance to
the retention of "special zones" in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. because
they do not &t present regard the danger of a revival of the
arms tra-L^ic as very immediate. Fowle is in agreement with
this view, but the Naval Commander-in-Chief and also, I
gather, His lejesty’s Government are inclined to take a
different view. If our view is accepted and the "special
zones" go, it follows that the first argument stated above
in favour of a bilateral Treaty loses a good deal of its force
end I think that our view would definitely be in favour of
abandoning our right of searching Persian vessels if as seems
inevitable, the right entails giving a converse right to the
Persisn Governm ent. The second argument in favour of the
agreement also appears to lack force in present circumstances
since owing to Kenjam and the dispute over the Anglo Persian
Oil Concession, we seem to be farther than ever away from a
Seneral Treaty Settlement, general opinion therefore
regarding the bilateral Agreement is that it is not at present
worth having, but this is, of course, only a personal opinion
and may have to be modified, if His Majesty^ Government come
down on the other side.
I do not propose at present to discuss the details of
the Draft which you have put up and I am not in a position to
criticise it without consulting other Departments. But there
seems to be a good deal of force in the points put forward
in Fowle* s private and confidential letter of ^.oveniber the

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Content

The volume consists of extensive correspondence, plus minutes and memoranda, relating to the 1925 Convention for the Supervision of the International Trade in Arms and Ammunition and in Implements of War (Arms Traffic Convention), and the subsequent attempts to reproduce certain of its provisions in an international covenant at the Geneva Disarmament Conference of 1932-1933.

The principal correspondents are: the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; 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 Admiralty; the Foreign Office; HM Minister at Tehran (R H Hoare); the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; and the UK Delegate to the Disarmament Conference (E H Carr). The volume also contains a number of communications received from members of the Persian Government (Muhammad Ali Foroughi [Furūghī], Abdolhossein Teymourtache, and Anoushirvan Khan Sepahbodi).

The material principally concerns negotiations between the Persian [Iranian] and British Governments. The Persian Government wished to have the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and the Gulf of Oman excluded from the list of special maritime zones, and sought British support in achieving this at the Conference. In response to British concerns about the possible impact on their ability to effectively limit the transport of arms and slaves in the region, the Persian Government proposed a bilateral Anglo-Persian treaty.

The following topics are discussed in depth:

The following are particular items of interest:

  • memorandum of the Persian Delegation to the League of Nations, noting their objections to the Arms Traffic Convention, ff 517-522;
  • communication from HM Legation to Tehran, enclosing details of an interview with the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Court (Foroughi and Teymourtache), ff 492-500;
  • minutes of the Interdepartmental Cabinet Committee on the International Disarmament Conference, ff 394-420;
  • details of a meeting between the Foreign Office and the Persian Minister to Switzerland (Sepahbodi), ff 185-192;
  • Persian Government aide-mémoire on the progress of the negotiations, ff 121-124.

The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 1).

Extent and format
1 volume (591 folios)
Arrangement

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

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 587; these numbers are written in pencil, 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 foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the two leading and ending flyleaves. A previous foliation sequence has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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