Annex VII

Germany renounces on her own behalf and on behalf of her nationals in favour of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers all rights, titles or privileges of whatever nature in the submarine cables set out below, or in any portions thereof:

Emden-Vigo: from the Straits of Dover to off Vigo;

Emden-Brest: from off Cherbourg to Brest;

[Page 521]

Emden-Teneriffe: from off Dunkirk to off Teneriffe;

Emden-Azores (1): from the Straits of Dover to Fayal;

Emden-Azores (2): from the Straits of Dover to Fayal;

Azores-New-York (1): from Fayal to New York;

Azores-New-York (2): from Fayal to the longitude of Halifax;

Teneriffe-Monrovia: from off Teneriffe to off Monrovia;


From about { lat. :2° 30′N.;
long. : 7° 40′W. of Greenwich;
to about { lat. :2°20′N.;
long. : 5° 30′ W. of Greenwich;
and from about { lat. :3°48′N.;
long. : 0° 00′,
to Lome;

Lome-Duala: from Lome to Duala;

Monrovia-Pernambuco: from off Monrovia to off Pernambuco;

Constantinople-Constanza: from Constantinople to Constanza;

Yap-Shanghai, Yap-Guam, and Yap-Menado (Celebes): from

Yap Island to Shanghai, from Yap Island to Guam Island, and from Yap Island to Menado.

The value of the above mentioned cables or portions thereof in so far as they are privately owned, calculated on the basis of the original cost less a suitable allowance for depreciation, shall be credited to Germany in the reparation account.

Note to VIII, Annex VII

The cables were credited to Germany but not allocated. For an account of the negotiations looking to allocation, see Green H. Hackworth, Digest of International Law, iv, 270. That narrative ends with an effort of the Secretary of State of the United States in November 1925 to reconvene a subcommittee of the Preliminary International Conference on Electrical Communications in order to effect an allocation. On December 12, 1925 the Reparation Commission decided upon the evaluation of each cable independently of the question of allocation. Cession by Germany was counted from June 26, 1919. The commission notified the Kriegslastenkommission on January 22, 1926 of the depreciated value of 14 cables, the Cherbourg-Brest line being omitted.

For the special interest of the United States in Yap as a cable station, see also article 119.

[Page 522]

The submarine cables were credited to Germany at 53, 194,919.40 gold marks. The share of the United States was approximately 11,400,000 gold marks.

Of the cables mentioned in this annex some distribution was made. The Principal Allied and Associated Powers at Washington on November 17, 1927 agreed to the assignments which resulted in the following:

  • Dover (Brest)-Azores-New York: Operated by French Cable Co. with certain parts of first six items of list in annex;
  • Monrovia–Pernambuco: Not repaired and reopened by France;
  • Yap–Guam: Unused by United States;
  • Yap–Shanghai: Unused by Japan;
  • Yap–Menado: Unused by Netherlands;
  • Constantinople (Istanbul)–Constanza: Operated by Rumanian and Turkish Governments.