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the two lines of demarcation, which the said arrangement points out.

The district of Zeitoun.Considering that the arrangement of Constantinople, of the 21st of July, of the present year, is the result of a negotiation, the essential object of which was to determine upon a frontier line between the Ottoman Empire and the new Greek State, which should afford security to the one and the other, as perfect as possible; that the Ottoman Porte has fully assented to this principle; that the second line of demarcation pointed out in the arrangement of Constantinople, of the 21st of July, of the present year, so far from affording this mutual security, would bring about, according to all the opinions which have reached the Conference of London, a state of relative possession which could not but be the source of collisions and troubles; finally, that, for these reasons, the second line, of which mention has just been made, would not fulfil the object of the negotiation which had been opened with the Ottoman Porte, and would not provide for the interests of Turkey and of Greece, which that negotiation ought to secure to both, the Plenipotentiaries of the three Courts, exercising the powers with which they are invested, adopt unanimously the first line of demarcation pointed out in the arrangement of Constantinople, of the 21st of July, of the present year; and declare in consequence, as agreed upon, and irrevocably concluded, that:—

1st. With respect to the boundary:—On the eastern side, the extreme point of separation of the two States (the Ottoman Empire and independent Greece) ' shall be fixed at the mouth of the little river which flows near the village of Gradiza:— the frontier line shall ascend that river to its source, shall thence reach the chain of Mount Othryx, leaving to Greece the passage of Klomo, provided the crest of that chain be not passed. Thence it shall follow in a westerly direction, the crest of the same chain, along the whole extent thereof, and especially the peak of Varibovo, in order to attain the height which, under the denomination of Veluchi, forms the point of connexion of the three great chains of mountains of the country. From this height the line itself shall continue, adapting itself as much as possible to the salient features of the country, across the valley of the Aspropotamos to the Gulf of Arta, terminating at that gulf between Coprina and Menidi, in such manner as that, in any case, the bridge of Tartarina, the defile and the tower of Macrinoros, shall be comprised within the limits of Greece; and that the bridge of Coracos and the