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AUTRES ACTES RELATIFS AUX RAPPORTS
DE DROIT INTERNATIONAL.
CONTINUATION DU GRAND RECUEIL
G. FR. DE MARTENS
Déclarations échangées à Londres, le 16 mai 1907, concernant le maintien du statu quo territorial dans la Méditerranée.“)
Parliamentary Papers. Spain. No. 1 (1907.) - Cd. 3576.
Sir Edward Grey to M. de Villa Urrutia.
Foreign Office, May 16, 1907. Your Excellency, Animated by the desire to contribute in every possible way to the maintenance of peace, and convinced that the preservation of the territorial status quo and of the rights of Great Britain and Spain in the Mediterranean and in that part of the Atlantic Ocean which washes the shores of Europe and Africa must materially serve this end, and is, moreover, to the mutual advantage of the two nations bound to each other by the closest ties of ancient friendship and of community of interests;
The Government of His Britannic Majesty desire to lay before that of His Catholic Majesty the following declaration of policy, in the confident hope that it will not only still further strengthen the good understanding 80 happily existing between them, but will also promote the cause of peace:
The general policy of the Government of His Britannic Majesty in the regions above defined is directed to the maintenance of the territorial status quo, and in pursuance of this policy they are firmly resolved to preserve intact the rights of the British Crown over its insular and maritime possessions in those regions.
Should circumstances arise which, in the opinion of the Government of His Britannic Majesty, would alter, or tend to alter, the existing territorial status quo in the said regions, they will communicate with the Government of His Catholic Majesty, in order to afford them the opportunity to concert, if desired, by mutual agreement the course of action which the two Powers sball adopt in common.
I have, &c. (Signed)
E. Grey. . V. la déclaration intervente entre le Gouvernement Français et le Gouverne ment Espagnol; N. B. G. 2. s. XXXV, p. 692.