511.4 A 2/273: Telegram

The Chargé in Persia ( Murray ) to the Secretary of State


9. Department’s No. 4, February 7, 3 p.m. Before addressing a further communication to the Persian Government, the Legation would appreciate an exact definition of the term “illicit” when applied to the opium traffic from the ports of the Persian Gulf; request made in view of Persian Government’s nonadherence to paragraph (a) of article 3 of Hague Convention,18 as well as all articles pertaining to China therein.

From enclosure to the Legation’s despatch No. 652, September 23, 1924,19 the Department will note that British Chargé in his note to Persian Government of July 30 refrained from using term “illicit” in above-mentioned application.