Paris Peace Conf. 180.03401/40


Notes of a Meeting Held at President Wilson’s House in the Place des Etats-Unis, Paris, on Thursday, May 29, 1919, at 11 a.m.

  • Present
    • United States of America
      • President Wilson.
    • British Empire
      • The Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George, M. P.
    • France
      • M. Clemenceau.
    • Italy
      • M. Orlando.
  • Also Present
    • Inter-Allied Experts on Jugo-Slav Affairs.
Captain A. Portier. Secretaries.
Captain E. Abraham.

President Wilson stated that the Heads of Governments had reached a decision regarding the Southern frontiers of Austria. This frontier was to be the frontier laid down in the Pact of London of 26th April, 1915,1 with the addition that the Sexten Valley and Tarvis should be Italian, and the junction of Villach should be Austrian.

In the Klagenfurt area the red line (see map attached to Report No. 2 of Committee on Roumanian and Jugo-Slav Affairs2) was to be provisionally the frontier of Austria. In the area between the red and blue lines there would be a plebiscite within six months of the signing of the Treaty with Austria. The attribution of the area would be in accordance with the expressed wishes of the population. During the period required for the consultation of the population the area would be administered by an international commission in collaboration with the local Government. In reply to a question by a member of the Delegation he said that the fate of the area round Assling would be decided later in connection with the frontiers of Jugo-Slavia. The remainder of the frontier Eastward, as proposed by the Committee, was adopted.

(It was decided that the experts on Jugo-Slav affairs should meet promptly and draw up a text in accordance with the above decisions, to be sent to the Drafting Committee.)

  1. Great Britain, Cmd. 671, Misc. No. 7 (1920): Agreement Between France, Russia, Great Britain and Italy, Signed at London, April 26, 1915; a translation from the Izvestia which was transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in Russia on December 5, 1917, is printed in Foreign Relations, 1917, supp. 2, vol. i, p. 497.
  2. Not printed.