Paris Peace Conf. 180.03401/78
Notes of a Meeting Held at President Wilson’s House in the Place des Etats-Unis, Paris, on Saturday, June 21, 1919, at 4 p.m.
- United States of America
- President Wilson,
- British Empire
- The Rt Hon. A. J. Balfour, O. M.
- M. Clemenceau.
- M. Klotz.
- M. Sonnino.
- Baron Makino.
- United States of America
|Sir Maurice Hankey||}||Secretaries.|
|M. di Martino|
1. The Council had before them a letter addressed by Marshal Foch to the President of the Council on the 18th June, 1919, No. 3051, (Appendix I) raising the following two questions:
- Whether the United States of America would Military clauses be represented on the Commission of Control for Military Clauses. Commission of Control for Military Clauses
- Whether Belgium should be entitled to be represented on this Commission.
President Wilson said he much regretted it would not be possible for him to make any appointments of United States’ officers to the Commission before the ratification of the Treaty. As soon as the Treaty of Peace was ratified by the Government of the United States however he would be prepared to make appointments.
Mr. Balfour suggested that it was not a matter of great moment, provided that the United States Government had means of knowing what was being done by their associates. They could do this by attaching liaison officers to the various Missions.
(It was agreed
- That M. Clemenceau should reply to Marshal Foch:
- That the United States of America would not be represented on the Commission of Control for the Military Clauses until after the ratification by her of the Treaty of Peace with Germany.
- That he was inviting Belgium to be represented on the Commission.
- That the President of the Council should send a communication to the Belgian Government inviting them to nominate a representative on the Commission.)
2. The Council had before them a Report of the Commission of Prisoners of War on the Commission and Sub-Commissions for the Repatriation of Prisoners of War under the Treaties of Peace.
M. Clemenceau asked that the subject might be postponed as he wished to examine the Report. Commission and Sub-Commissions for the Repatriation of Prisoners of War
3. Mr. Balfour read a draft letter to the Turkish Government which he had prepared at the request of the Council of Ten, made at a short unrecorded meeting after the hearing of the Turkish the Turkish Delegation on Tuesday, June 17th. (Appendix II.) Draft Letter to the Turkish Delegation
The draft letter was approved. He (Mr. Balfour) said that although this fully represented his own views, there were some people who did not share these. He mentioned in particular Mr. Montagu, the Secretary of State for India, who had sent him a long memorandum of criticisms. Mr. Montagu, however, represented an entirely different school of policy, and was strongly opposed to the removal of the Turks from Constantinople.
M. Sonnino pointed out that the Memorandum did not attack Moslems but only the Ottomans.
President Wilson said he had these points in his mind throughout the reading of the Memorandum, and he could not find anything against the Moslems. It was merely an indictment against the Turkish rule. He subscribed to the letter with great satisfaction.
The Memorandum was unanimously agreed to, subject to authority being given to Mr. Balfour to make such drafting alterations as he might consider desirable, and subject to a reservation which Mr. Balfour (particularly in view of Mr. Montagu’s objections) asked for; namely, that the reply should not be dispatched until it had been approved by Mr. Lloyd George.
(It was agreed that when Mr. Lloyd George had given his assent, the letter should be signed by M. Clemenceau on behalf of the Council, and sent to the Turkish Delegation.)
4. During the meeting M. Clemenceau received a dispatch to the effect that M. Nitti and M. Tittoni were forming a Government in Rome.
At this point the Council adjourned to the upstairs room for a discussion with experts in regard to Klagenfurt and Carinthia, which is recorded as a separate meeting.1 Reported Changes in the Italian Government
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