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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, The Paris Peace Conference, 1919

The Council of Four: minutes of meetings March 20 to May 24, 1919,   pp. [V]-917 ff. PDF (305.7 MB)

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were the Mandatory of the Straits they would not in the least object
if the Sultan were advised in stipulated matters by other Powers on
the subject of the government of Anatolia.
MR. LLOYD GEORGE considered that if the United States could not
take a Mandatory over Anatolia, it would be better for the Sultan to
clear out of Constantinople. The Sultan's Court and guards com-
prising a very large number of people, would be a great inconvenience
to the Mandatory Power.
PRESIDENT WILSON suggested the guards might be limited in num-
ber. Since Saturday he had been considering the question very care-
fully and he doubted the advisability of accepting a Mandate for
Anatolia. If the same Power was Mandatory in Constantinople and
in Armenia, it would be very difficult for the Sultan to cause much
He then adverted to the Commission for Syria. The Delegates
whom he had nominated were men of such standing that he could
not keep them waiting any longer in Paris, consequently he had
instructed them to leave for Syria on Monday and to await there
their colleagues on the Commission.7
MR. LLOYD GEORGE said the same applied to the British Delegates
and he thought he would give them the same orders.
M. CLEMENCEAU said in this case he must drop out. He said that
the promises made to him had not been kept. General Sir Henry Wil-
son had apparently not been in a position to discuss with M. Tardieu
the question of the sphere of occupation in Syria.
In reply to Mr. Lloyd George who had asked in what way the prom-
ises made to him had not been kept, he said that in the Autumn of 1918
when he saw how the British were acting in Syria, he had come to
London and had asked Mr. Lloyd George to say exactly what he
wanted. Mr. Lloyd George had said Mosul and Palestine. He had
returned to Paris, and in spite of the objections of M. Pichon and the
Quai d'Orsay, he had conceded it. Then Mr. Lloyd George had said
that France and Great Britain would get along all right. Neverthe-
less they had not succeeded in getting along all right. Early in the
year the proposal had been made for the evacuation of Syria by
British troops and the substitution of French troops. Lord Milner
had asked him to put this aside for the moment and had undertaken
to discuss it with him. He had never done so. Then Lord Milner
had promised to help M. Clemenceau with Emir Feisal. He had
never carried out his promise. After this, Lord Milner had produced
a map by which Syria was divided in order to provide a railway for
the British to Mesopotamia. Later, Mr. Lloyd George had suggested
' The Americans appointed were Charles R. Crane and H. C. King.

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