|A secret plan drawn up by the British and French foreign ministers, Hoare and Laval, 10 December 1935|
|(Catalogue ref: PRO 30/69/621)|
I. Exchange of Territories
The Governments of Great Britain and France agree to recommend to His Majesty the Emperor of Ethiopia the acceptance of the following exchange of territory between Ethiopia and Italy.
(a) Tigre. Cession to Italy of eastern Tigre approximately limited on the south by the River Rheva and on the west by a line running from north to south passing between Axum (on the Ethiopian side) and Adowa (on the Italian side).
(b) Rectification of Frontiers between The Danakil Country and Eritrea leaving to the south of the boundary line Aussa and the extent of Eritrean territory necessary to give Ethiopia an outlet to the sea to be defined below.
(c) Rectification of Frontiers between the Ogaden and Italian Somaliland. Starting from the tri-junction point between the frontiers of Ethiopia, Kenya and Italian Somaliland the new Italo-Ethiopian frontier would follow a general north-easterly direction cutting the western Shebeli at Iddidole leaving Gorahei to the east, Warandab to the west and meeting the frontier of British Somaliland where it intersects the 45th Meridian.
The rights of the tribes of British Somaliland to the use of grazing areas and wells situated in the territories granted to Italy by this delimitation should be guaranteed.
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