HC Deb 23 July 1929 vol 230 cc1103-4W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention Has been directed to the Franco-Turkish agreement with respect to the Turco-Syrian frontier; and, in view of the fact that this involves a change in the area of mandated territory, he will see that this matter is brought to the attention of the League of Nations for approval?


As regards the first part of the question, I have received the text of this agreement, which has been published in Paris and Constantinople. As regards the second part of the question, the hon. Gentleman is under a misapprehension. This agreement does not involve a change in the area of mandated territory, since it only defines in detail, for the guidance of the Delimitation Commission, a small section of the frontier, the course of which was not defined in the mandate for Syria, but was laid down in general terms ("thence (i.e., from Nisibin) it will follow the old road between Nisibin and Jeziret-ibn-Omar where it will join the Tigris") in Article 8 of the Franco-Turkish Agreement of 20th October, 1921, and confirmed in Article 3 (1) of the Treaty of Lausanne. In these circumstances I do not consider it necessary for His Majesty's Government to bring any question connected with this agreement to the attention of the League of Nations.