Report of the Commission Entrusted by the Council with the Study of the Frontier between Syria and Iraq


After World War I, the victorious Allied and Associated Powers agreed to place various territories that had been detached from the defeated German and Ottoman empires under League of Nations mandates. Palestine, Iraq, and Transjordan were assigned to Britain, Syria and Lebanon to France. The Franco-British Convention of December 23, 1920 established the border between Syria and Iraq in general terms, but called for a definitive demarcation of the frontier to be carried out by an Anglo-French Boundary Commission. Under these agreements, a Commission Entrusted with the Study of the Frontier between Syria and Iraq submitted its report to the Council of the League of Nations on September 10, 1932. These maps, drawn up for the commission as part of its report, show the different interpretations given to the 1920 agreement by the French and British governments, and the solution proposed by the commission. Iraq became independent in 1932, Syria in 1946. The line demarcated on these maps forms the permanent border between the two countries.

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League of Nations, Geneva


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43 pages ; 4 folded maps (in pocket) 33 centimeters

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