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Lead Sea Concession Not to Come Before Hague Court: French Government Did Not Accept British Arbitra

The Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Captain Eden, was asked in the House of Commons to-day by Colonel Howard-Bury whether he had had any further communications with the French Government regarding the Dead Sea Concession granted to Mr. Moses Novomeysky, and whether the case was being brought before The Hague Tribunal.

A note was addressed to the French Ambassador on July 10th., Captain Eden replied, to the effect that as the French Government had not accepted the offer of arbitration His Majesty’s Government assumed that as from July 30th. the offer must be regarded as having lapsed. The case was therefore not being brought before the Hague Tribunal.

Does that mean that the French are not going to appeal to The Hague Tribunal, Colonel Howard-Bury asked.

The British Government made an offer to the French Government to go to arbitration if they would also arbitrate on certain other matters respecting claims we had against them, Captain Eden answered. They have not acceded to our offer. Therefore it lapsed.