TERRITORIES: Sulu Sea Specks
With ceremonious solemnity last week Secretary of State Stimson and Sir Esme Howard, British Ambassador to the U. S.. signed an official document which added seven specks in the Sulu Sea to the U. S. domain. The specks were the Turtle Islands, southwest of the Philippines and some 20 miles off the North Borneo coast. The U. S. and Great Britain had at last agreed upon a boundary line between their possessions. Under the four-power Pacific Treaty of 1921, the U. S. is prohibited from using its new miniature archipelago as a naval base.
Average size of the Turtle Islands is…
FIFTHLY. It is agreed that the United States Government shall be c!~~ fl DOllIe- exempt from responsibility in respect of acts done in or from any of the islands in question the administration of which has not been trans- ferred to the United States.
SIXTHLY. The stipulations of the extradition treaties between the United States Government and His Majesty’s Government shall be applicable within the limits provided for in the exchange of notes which took place in Washington on September 1st/23rd, 1913, to the islands in question and the United States Government takes note of the importance which, in view of the proximity of the islands to North Borneo, the said company attaches to the establishment and maintenance of an adequate police post thereon, in the event of the administration being transferred to the United States Government.
SEVENTHLY. In the event of the cession, sale, lease or transfer of the islands in question to any third party, the United States Government undertakes to use its good offices in commending to the favorable con- sideration of such third party the desires expressed by His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and the British North Bor- neo Company, as set out in the preceding articles of the present arrangement. In reply to the inquiry made on behalf of Your Excellency’s Govern- ment in the last paragraph of your note of today’s date, I take pleasure in informing you that the Government of the United States of America adheres to the terms of the arrangement above described, and in assuring you that your note under acknowledgment is considered by the Government of the United States of America as sufficient accept- ance of the arrangement on the part of His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consid- eration. HENRY L. STIMSON HIS EXCELLENCY THE RIGHT HONORABLE SIR ESME HOWARD, G.O .B ., G.O .M .G., O. V.O., Amba88ador oj Great Britain. The BritiBh Ambas8ador (Lindsay) to the Secretary oj State (Stimson) No. 221 SIR, BRITISH EMBASSY, Washington, D.O., July 6th, 1995 In the notes exchanged between the United States Government and IDs Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom on January 2nd, 1930, constituting an arrangement regarding certain islands off’ the coast of Borneo which have been administered by the British North Borneo Company in accordance with the arrangement effected by an exchange of notes between His Majesty’s Government and the Government of the United States of America on July 3 and July 10,