Paris Peace Conf. 184.001101/1

Minutes of Meeting of the Steering Committee, July 1, 1919, at 9 a.m.

  • Present:
    • Dr. James Brown Scott
    • Colonel U. S. Grant
    • Professor Johnson
    • Mr. J. F. Dulles
    • Mr. Herter

Dr. James Brown Scott was unanimously elected Chairman of the Committee.

The questions which were considered by the Committee were:

The present status of the Conditions of Peace with Austria.
The machinery which should be created for considering the counter proposals submitted by the Austrian Delegation.
Whether or not the concessions which were made in the Conditions of Peace with Germany should, in so far as applicable, be made in the Conditions of Peace with Austria.
What time limit should be given to the Austrian Delegation within which to submit counter proposals.
What matters were still outstanding in regard to the Conditions of Peace with Austria.
The form in which proportions of the Austrian-Hungarian indebtedness should be assumed by the new states receiving a part of the old Austria-Hungarian territory.

It was decided:

That Mr. Herter report to the Commissioners that the Conditions of Peace with Austria had been completely determined upon, but that the sections dealing with financial, reparation, military, Italian political and Klagenfurt matters were still in the course of drafting and had not yet been submitted to the Austrian delegation.
That it will be advisable for the Council of Ten or the Council of Five to adopt at its next meeeting, resolutions in accordance with the attached papers.
That the next meeting of the Committee should be held on July 2nd at 2:00 PM.

The Committee adjourned at 10:00 AM.

Unfinished Business

Memorandum addressed to Commissioners Robert Lansing, Henry White, E. M. House and Gen. T. H. Bliss by Professors Clive Day [Page 454] and A. C. Coolidge requesting definite answers to certain specific questions regarding the Near East.