Paris Peace Conf. 180.03401/96½
Notes of a Meeting Held at President Wilson’s House in the Place des Etats-Unis, Paris, on Friday, June 27, 1919, at 4:30 p.m.
Untied States of America
- President Wilson.
- The Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George, M. P.
- Mr. C. J. B. Hurst, C. B., K. C.
- M. Clemenceau.
- M. Pichon.
- Untied States of America
|Sir Maurice Hankey, K. C. B.||}||Secretaries.|
|Captain A. Portier.|
Note. During the 4 o’clock meeting,1 those mentioned above adjourned to an adjoining room, where a short meeting, recorded below, was held. The full meeting was then resumed.
1. Mr. Lloyd George said that Mr. Hurst had prepared a text of a Convention to give effect to the agreement in regard to the guarantee to be given by Great Britain to France. The draft was based on an American draft, but one important alteration had been made. The American draft made the agreement subject to approval by the League of Nations in accordance with the Covenant of the League of Nations. It had been pointed out, however, that in this case one member of the Council could interfere with the validity of the agreement. Consequently, in the British draft, it was made subject to the agreement of the majority of the Council of the League of Nations. The British & American Guarantee to France
President Wilson accepted the new draft and asked Mr. Hurst to arrange with Mr. Brown-Scott to make a corresponding alteration in the American draft.
Mr. Lloyd George said that M. Clemenceau must realise that he was not in a position to bind the self-governing Dominions, which had their own Parliaments, and this was provided for in the Draft Convention.
M. Clemenceau said that he quite understood this.
(Mr. Hurst was instructed to prepare a final draft.)
(The final draft is contained in Appendix I.)
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- CF–96, supra. ↩