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'Mosul Question, Lausanne 1922-1923 and after - Papers, despatches, speeches - Hotel de la Mer at Lausanne - Correspondence about oil' [‎10r] (19/501)

The record is made up of 251 folios (1 file). It was created in 15 Nov 1922-3 Nov 1923. It was written in English. 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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4. We have recently signed a treaty with King Feisal,
under which we undertook to give him advice and assistance
for a further period of 20 years, i’his was a clear indication
that we meant to stay in Iraq, If we abandon this intention
under the menace of the victorious Kemalists^ we shall dis
grace ourselves in the eyes of the whole world.
5. The effect of our vri.thdrawal cannot but re-act unfav
ourably on our position in Egypt, where we are struggling to
maintain some degree of influence, and may even have disas
trous results in India. It will be recognised throughout the
i^ast as an indication that the British Government can be
bullied into abandoning its interests and breaking its
6, By leaving the country we shall lose the chance of
controlling the developnent of what may prove to be one of
the great oil fields of the future. The advantage of retainin£
an oilfibld under direct British influence is a matter on
which the Admiralty will have something to say.
7. If

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Letters and papers on the frontier between Iraq (also written as Irak in the file) and Turkey, with particular reference to Mosul and questions concerning oil. The file consists mainly of correspondence between Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs George Curzon, and officials in the Foreign Office, Air Ministry, Colonial Office and Ismet Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. [Mustafa İsmet İnönü]. The contents of the file are as follows:

Following documents are undated:

  • Lord Balfour to League of Nations. Speech: The frontier between Turkish territory and the territory of Iraq
  • The President of the League of Nations. Reply: after Speech by Balfour
  • Typewritten report: The question of Mosul
  • Typewritten report: The Question of Mosul

The file also includes handwritten notes by Curzon on the Mosul vilayet and groups residing there.

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251 folios (1 file)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 251; 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.

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