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Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [‎52r] (104/220)

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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In the Joint Declaration, on the other hand, the French
have stated that they are aiming, in Syria, "at the establish
ment of a national government and administration deriving its
authority from the free choice of the native population". This
seems to commit the French to abandoning the division between
the two Areas and waiving their right to do whit they like with
the Blue Area.
They have further declared that, "far from wishing to impose
specific institutions upon the people of Syria, they are solely
concerned to insure, by their support and effective assistance,
that the government and administration which Syria will freely
create for herself shall function in the normal way", This
would appear to restrict French rights under the 1916 Agreement
still further.
6. It might be argued that France could represent herself as
fulfilling the letter of this declaration even if she established
a close Protectorate over Syria. But this would depend upon
securing the support of some element in the population , how
ever small or venal, and giving it the means of expressing itseli
while other, opinion was muzzled; and that in turn would only
be possible if the French were already in possession of the
country.
The phrases of the Joint Declaration are made significant
by the fact that Syria (except for the Lebanon) is in the hands,
not of the French, but of British and Arab forces; that there
is a de facto Arab administration in being at Damascus, Homs,
Hama, Aleppo and Latakia; and that the heads of this adminis
tration can give authoritative expression to the political
aspirations of the country.
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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)
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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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English and French in Latin script
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