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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1917. Supplement 2, The World War

Part I: The continuation of the war--participation of the United States,   pp. [1]-796 ff. PDF (284.4 MB)

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England was to have Mesopotamia; rest Asia Minor divided into
English and French zones of interest; Palestine internationalized;
all other territory inhabited by Turks and Arabs including Arabia
and Mohammedan holy sites to form separate federation under
English sovereignty. French negotiations opened when Italy en-
tered war and demanded share booty, details will be published later.
In view such plans readily understood why Balfour stated recently
detailed statement war aims inadvisable. Chancellor said Germany
would consult her allies before replying Pope's proposal which
was looked upon with sympathetic approval but Germany couldn't
again offer peace in view summary rejection previous proposals, and
continued declarations Entente no peace possible until Centrals
crushed. No steps would be taken in peace action without consult-
ing Reichstag.                                  LANGHORNE
File No. 763.721191752
The Ambassador in France (Sharp) to the! Secretary of State
PARIS, Augmait 21, 1917, 11 p. .
[Received Augu-st 22, 5.40 p. en.]
2407. Your circular of August 18, 4 p. m. In a conversation with
Mr. Ribot, at which Mr. Cambon was present, I was informed that
instructions had been cabled over to Mr. Jusserand at Washington
to ascertain the President's attitude upon the peace communication
of the Pope and that this request had been repeated a second time.
Mr. Ribot started out by saying that the French Government
felt that, before expressing its own views, the British Government
should be first sounded as to its attitude and that the latter might
in fact, in the position to be taken by it, be regarded as representing
the views of the European Allies upon that question.
He expressed further the belief that the Pope's communication
was so lacking in specific recommendations, not alone in so far as
France was concerned as to the restoration of Alsace and Lorraine,
but also as to the question of reparation for losses, that a good deal
of thought would have to be given to its answer.
In any event it was the opinion of both Mr. Ribot and Mr. Cambon
that there should be a complete accord among the Allies in making
their answer. They say that they would appreciate very much if
I would express their desire that the President would first communi-
cate his own views to them so that there might follow an exchange

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