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Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [‎42r] (84/220)

The record is made up of 1 file (110 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1893-19 Dec 1918. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government.]
[170193] No. 1.
Copy of Letter from Lord R. Cecil to M. Pichon covering Draft Memorandum.
Dear M. Pichon, Paris, October 8, 1918.
IN reference to the affairs of Syria, of which you snoke to me to-day, I have great
pleasure in sending you the annexed memorandum, to which the Prime Minister agrees.
It has not yet been approved by the Cabinet, and until that has taken place it must be
treated as to that extent provisional.
Yours very sincerely,
[October 8.]
Section 1.
His Majesty’s Government are prepared to accept the arrangement reached at the
conference held at the Foreign Office on the 30th September upon the understanding
that it is to be treated solely as providing for the situation caused by the recent advance
of General Allenby’s force into Syria, and is to be deemed to refer only to the territories
occupied, or to be occupied, by that force.
With regard to the future government ot the other territories mentioned in the
Anglo-French Convention of L916, His Majesty’s Government think it right to point
out that the general position has so much changed since that agreement was entered
into that its provisions do not in all respects appear suitable to present conditions. Not
only has the military position in Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Syria completely altered,
but two political changes of vast importance have taken place. The United States
have come into the war and Russia has gone out. It is manifest, on the one hand, that
America cannot be ignored in any settlement of the future of these countries,
and particularly of Syria and Palestine. And, on the other, the arrangements
contemplated for the north-eastern part of Armenia have been completely upset by the
collapse of Russia. A further difficulty is caused by clause 9 of the Treaty of London,
which recognises the claims of Italy in connection with the Eastern Mediterranean.
The provisional suggestions made at Saint-Jean de Maurienne for meeting these claims
have lapsed, and, indeed, would in any case be difficult now to enforce without protests
from Greece and even from Turkey. While calling attention to these points, His
Majesty’s Government feel it would be useless to attempt a settlement of them at the
present moment, and they suggest that they should form the subject of fresh conversa
tions, in which the Governments of Italy and the United States as well as the French
and British Governments should be invited to take part.
Paris, October 8, 1918.
[2827 /*—1]

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The file contains correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other papers relating to Middle Eastern affairs and a few other miscellaneous matters. The majority of the file concerns discussions of and proposals for the post-war settlement of Near Eastern territories, including Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. The basis of these discussions was the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916.

Other matters covered by the papers include events in Siam [Thailand] and Burmah [Myanmar] and the colonial rivalry in the region between France and Britain, the Baghdad Railway, and relations with Ibn Saud in Arabia, including a report on the 1917-18 mission to Najd by Harry St John Philby (folios 67-98).

Folios 99-110 are six maps with accompanying notes that show the various proposed territorial settlements and spheres of influence in the Near East and one showing Britain's global colonial possessions.

Memoranda and correspondence comes from officials at the Foreign Office and 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. . Other correspondents include French and Italian government officials.

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1 file (110 folios)

The file is arranged in roughly chronological order, from the front to the back.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front of the envelope with 1, and terminates at the inside back last page with 110, 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.

Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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