Paris Peace Conf. 180.03401/141
Notes of a Meeting Held at President Wilson’s House in the Place des Etats-Unis, Paris, on Saturday, May 3, 1919, at 12.10 p.m.
United States of America
- President Wilson
- Dr. D. H. Miller
- M. Clemenceau
- M. Berthelot
- The Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George, M. P.
- The Rt. Hon. A. J. Balfour, O. M., M. P.
- Mr. J. W. Headlam-Morley
- Mr. E. H. Carr
- Baron Makino
- Viscount Chinda
- United States of America
|Sir Maurice Hankey, K. C. B., Secretary|
|M. Mantoux, Interpreter|
Preliminary Report of the Committee on New States 1. The Preliminary Report of the Committee on New States was presented for consideration (Appendix).
President Wilson proposed that for “the commerce of the Allied and Associated Powers” in the last line of Annex A, the words “the commerce of other nations” should be substituted.
(This was agreed to, and it was decided that this clause should be inserted in the Treaty in substitution of the existing Article 7 of the Chapter relating to Poland.)
The Articles contained in Annex B were then considered.
On the proposal of President Wilson, it was decided that Articles 1 and 2 should be sent to the Drafting Committee with instructions that they should be inserted in the Treaty with Germany, unless the points contained therein were already adequately covered by other articles.
With regard to Article 3, Mr. Headlam-Morley explained that while accepting in principle the substance of the provisions contained in this Article, he had felt great apprehension as to the acceptance of the provisions as they stood, without a detailed consideration and without consultation with the legal authorities. It had been impossible in the very limited time at the disposal of the Committee either to consider proposals in detail or to consult the legal advisers.
Mr. Lloyd George confirmed this view.[Page 440]
Dr. Miller pointed out that unless Article 3 or some provision of a similar character were inserted in the Treaty, there would be nothing in the Treaty binding Poland to accept provisions safeguarding the rights of individuals in the matter of citizenship.
To meet this objection President Wilson proposed that in the Article contained in Annex A, the inclusion of which in the Treaty had already been agreed to, the word “inhabitants” should be substituted for “communities” in Line 4.
(This was accepted. The Article in Annex A was as amended then sent to the Drafting Committee.)
The Committee on New States was instructed to draft for embodiment in the separate Treaty with Poland clauses giving effect to the general principles of Article 3.
(It was decided that the decisions taken with regard to Poland should apply equally to Czecho-Slovakia, and that the necessary instructions should be sent to the Drafting Committee to this effect.)
Mr. Headlam-Morley then raised the question of the proposed Article regarding railway facilities. Some uncertainty appeared to have arisen as to whether this Article should be included or not.
(It was decided that the Article should be included.)
Mr Headlam-Morley then proposed that Articles should be inserted in the Treaty containing provisions (a) to prevent the Germans building fortifications which might threaten the free navigation of the Vistula, (b) to prevent the Germans requisitioning in or otherwise injuring territory ceded by them to Poland during the interval which would elapse before the cession actually took place.
(This was approved and instructions were sent to the Drafting Committee accordingly.)
Villa Majestic, Paris, May 3, 1919.