- London Protocol
London Protocol is a name used to describe several different documents.
22 March 1829, a conference of ambassadors of the three protecting powers (Britain, Franceand Russia) established the borders of Greece, which was to encompass all lands south of the line running from the Ambracian Gulfto the Pagasetic Gulf, including Negroponte( Euboea) and the Cycladesbut not Crete. Greece was, however, to remain an autonomous tributary state under a prince that would explicitly not belong to the ruling families of the three powers. A further conference in London on 30 Novemberof the same year decided that Greece should instead be given full independence, but its borders were moved back to the AspropotamosRiver-Maliac Gulf line. [ [http://www.bartleby.com/67/1277.html Encyclopedia of World History 2001] ]
February 3, 1830, the sovereigntyof Greecewas confirmed in a London Protocol. [ [http://www.mfa.gr/NR/rdonlyres/E1DA0D5F-5493-4BF4-8FD3-D5CD6C6BB96C/0/1830_london_protocol.doc London Protocol 1830] ]
August 30, 1832, a London Protocol was signed to ratify and reiterate the terms of the Treaty of Constantinople.
May 8, 1852, after the First War of Schleswig, another London Protocol was signed. The international treaty that became known as the "London Protocol" was the revision of an earlier protocol, which had been ratified on August 2, 1850, by the major Germanic powers of Austria and Prussia. The second, actual London Protocol was recognized by the five major European powers ( Austria, France, Prussia, Russia, and the United Kingdom), as well as the two major Baltic Sea powers of Denmarkand Sweden.
The Protocol affirmed the integrity of the Danish federation as a "European necessity and standing principle". Accordingly, the duchies of
Schleswig(a Danish fief), and Holsteinand Lauenburg (German fiefs) were joined by personal unionwith the Kingdom of Denmark. However, Frederick VII of Denmarkwas childless, so a change in dynasty was imminent and the lines of succession for the duchies and Denmark conflicted. That meant that, contrary to the Protocol, the new King of Denmark would not also be the new duke of Holstein and duke of Lauenburg. So for this purpose, the line of succession to the duchies was modified. Further, it was affirmed that the duchies were to remain as independent entities, and that Schleswig would have no greater constitutional affinity to Denmark than Holstein. Frederick VII died a mere three days after the protocol was signed, but his successor Christian IX confirmed the protocol. [Harvnb|Holt|1917|p=75.]
The major powers primarily wanted to ensure, by guaranteeing Denmark's territorial integrity, that the strategically significant port of
Kielwould not fall into Prussian hands.fact|date=August 2008 Eleven years later, this treaty became the trigger for the German–Danish war of 1864. Prussia and Austria declared Denmark in violation of the Protocol, by the November Constitution, which Christian IX of Denmark signed on November 18 1863. [Harvnb|Holt|1917|p=75–76.]
The London Protocol was signed on
March 21, 1877between Russia and the United Kingdom. The Russians agreed not to establish any client states in case they attained victory in the looming Russo–Turkish War. In return, the British agreed to remain neutral in any conflict between the Ottoman Empireand Russia. The agreement was an effort to maintain a balance of power in the Balkansand to avoid intervention by the other Great Powers. Russian attempts to create a large Bulgariain the Treaty of San Stefanoled to the British withdrawal from the Protocol and threatened military intervention, quieted only by the Congress of Berlin.
In the London Protocol signed on
September 12, 1944, the Allies of World War II(then without France) agreed on dividing Germanyinto three occupation zones after the war.
The London Protocol is also an alternative name for the
London Agreement (2000)between certain contracting States to the European Patent Convention, aiming to reduce the number of translations required of granted European patents. [ [http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legislative-initiatives/london-agreement.html European Patent Office Website] ]
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