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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 May 24 to June 28, 1919,   pp. [unnumbered]-762 PDF (251.0 MB)

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stated that he now had the Articles of the Treaty to which M. Kra.
marcz's observations referred, and which had not been available on
Austrian Treaty:  the previous day.
Proposal by     (In view of the discussion at the Plenary Con-
M. Kramarcz
ference that afternoon,2M it was decided not to discuss
the question.)
(M. Tardieu entered.)
8. MR. LLOYD GEORGE read a telegram he had received from Gen-
eral Allenby, indicating that the situation in Syria would be ex-
tremely grave unless the Commission of the Peace
Turkey:. The  Conference should come to Syria. (Appendix III.)
Proposed Commis-
sion to Syria,  He said that General Wilson had also received a
Mesopotamia, etc.
private letter from General Allenby, dated May 17th,
1919, which fully confirmed the message in the telegram. Hence, he
felt that the moment had come to decide whether the Commission
was to be sent out. Personally, he would prefer that the Commission
should proceed at once. The United States Commissioners had
already left for Syria. He himself, did not wish to send out British
Commissioners unless the French also sent Commissioners, but in
this case, he must inform General Allenby. The situation was so
serious that he could not postpone action.
M. CLEMENCEAU said his position was as he had stated a few
days before, namely, that he was willing to send French Commis-
sioners as soon as the relief of British troops by French troops was
begun. As long as Syria remained entirely in British military
occupation, and Mr. Lloyd George's latest proposals held the field it
was useless to send French Commissioners. Nevertheless, he would
undertake not to send any more French troops against the wishes of
the British Government. He was sending some troops to Silesia
[Cilicia?], although there was not much object in this from the French
point of view, if Silesia [Cilicia?] was to go to the United States. As
soon as General Allenby would let him know that the replacement of
British troops by French could commence, so that the people of Syria
knew that they were not exclusively under British force, he would
send Commissioners.
MR. LLoYD GEORGE said he had thought it right before taking action,
to let his colleagues know exactly what he proposed to do. He would not
send Commissioners if the French did not. General Allenby showed
clearly that if French troops went to Syria now, there would be very
serious trouble. He himself was not in a position to judge of the
matter, but General Allenby was a very reliable man, and was the
British representative on the spot, and h6 could not afford to neglect
X See minutes of the plenary session of May 31, 1919, voL m, pp. 394-410,
especially p. 403.

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