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CORRESPONDENCE

RESPECTING THE PROPOSED

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

FOR SECURING THE

FREE NAVIGATION OF THE SUEZ CANAL.

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.

February 1888.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE

BY HARRISON AND SONS, ST. MARTIN'S LANE,

PRINTERS IN ORDINARY TO HER MAJESTY.
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32, ABINGDON STREET, WESTMINSTER, S.W. (R
ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK, 6, North Bridge, EDINBURGH ; OR

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Subject.

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French Ambassador has agreed to defer question of

Suez Canal for three or four weeks ..
French Ambassador offers to propose a draft of

Articles on the points in dispute. Has answered

that the present moment is inopportune
Has requested French Ambassador to send a formal

proposal..
Proposes that a formula should be settled between

England and France
Would prefer that the matter should be postponed .
M. de Freycinet asks whether Her Majesty's Go-

vernment would receive and examine a draft for

the settlement of questions at issue ..
French Ambassador has conmunicated M. del

Freycinet's views. Has suggested that the
French draft should be given informally to Lord

Lyons ..
Incloses French proposals, with the former draft

Convention and the English amendmenis

M. de Freycinet is anxious to receive an answer to

above ..

Hopes to be able to make a communication next

week ..

Incloses Memorandum on the French proposals in

reply to No. 8 ..

Has communicated to M. de Freycinet a Memo-

randum containing observations on the French

proposals

.

M. de Freycinet's reply to the observations pre-

sented to him, with a draft prepared in accord-

ance with his views. . .

French Ambassador asks for reply to No. 13 ..

No reply yet received to note from French Govern-

ment of the 9th June. To call attention of Her

Majesty's Government to ..

M. de Freycinet complains of delay in getting an

answer to French proposals ..

Has suggested to Count d'Aubigny that he should

discuss the matter with Sir J. Pauncefote

Points to be discussed between Count d'Aubigny

and Sir J. Pauncefote. Conversation with Count

d'Aubigny respecting .. ..

Forwards Memorandum on French proposals of the

8th June. Points to which Her Majesty's Go-

vernment still take exception. To be communi-

cated to French Government ..

Has given copy of Memorandum forwarded in

above to M. de Freycinet. His Excellency

seems inclined to treat question in Paris, but will

consider the point.

M. de Freycinet will send a reply to the English

Memorandum in a few days ..
Forwards M. de Freycinet's reply to observations

of Her Majesty's Government. He hopes that

it will be deemed acceptable .. ...
M. Waddington wishes negotiations respecting New

Hebrides to proceed pari passu with those on

Suez Canal ..
Forwards copy of project for a Convention given

to M. Waddington. Explanation of last paragraph
French objections to above project. Terms in

which last paragraph should be drawn up ..
Forwards copy of above ..
M. Waddington's desire to come to a decision on

question how Canal and its limits are to be defined
Asks for explanations of French ubjections to last

paragraph of Engiish project
Forwards copy of above

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