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Note to final clauses-Continued
On January 13, 1920 the Secretary of State of the United States addressed to the German Government the following statement (Foreign Relations, 1920, 11, 258):
"The Government of the United States regards the armistice as continuing in full force and effect between the United States and Germany notwithstanding the deposit of ratifications of the Treaty of Versailles which took place in Paris on January 10, 1920."
The treaty restoring friendly relations between the United States and Germany signed at Berlin, August 25, 1921 and in force on November 11, 1921 with retroactive effect to July 2, 1921, stipulates in article II, paragraph 5, "that the periods of time to which reference is made" in this article "shall run, with respect to any act or election on the part of the United States, from the date of the coming into force of the present Treaty", that is, November 11, 1921.
The French Government will transmit to all the signatory Powers a certified copy of the procès-verbaux of the deposit of ratifications.
IN FAITH WHEREOF the above-named Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Treaty.
Done at Versailles, the twenty-eighth day of june, one thousand nine hundred and nineteen, in a single copy which will remain deposited in the archives of the French Republic, and of which authenticated copies will be transmitted to each of the Signatory Powers.
(L.S.) WOODROW WILSON.
(L.S.) TASKER H. BLISS.
(L.S.) D. LLOYD GEORGE.
(L.S.) A. BONAR LAW.
L.S.) ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR.
(L.S.) GEORGE N. BARNES.
(L.S.) CHAS. J. DOHERTY.
(L.S.) ARTHUR L. SIFTON.
(L.S.) W. M. HUGHES.
(L.S.) LOUIS BOTHA.
(L.S.) J. CHR. Smuts.
(L.S.) ED. S. MONTAGU.
(L.S.) GANGA SINGH, MAHARAJA DE BIKANER.
(L.S.) G. CLEMENCEAU.
(L.S.) S. PICHON.
(L.S.) L. L. KLOTZ.
1. Protocol to the Treaty of Peace
Signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919; in force with and as part of the treaty of peace in virtue of its final provisions January 10, 1920; United States: Submitted to the Senate by the President July 31, 1919; was generally discussed and laid aside without action by the Committee on Foreign Relations on February 10, 1920; transmitted to the Secretary of State by Senate resolution of February 12, 1935; Unperfected Treaties G-9 and I-5.
Notes to Protocol
The draft of the protocol was sent to the chairman pro tempore of the German delegation by the President of the peace conference on June 21, 1919. The German Cabinet had resigned two days before as an incident of the internal debate over accepting the treaty. The written negotiations since May 7 had brought from the Germans a considerable number of suggestions for change of substance and of language, including typographical corrections. A revised and corrected text of the Conditions of Peace-now a draft treaty-was transmitted to the German delegation on June 16. On June 19 the German delegation asked for more explicit recognition of certain "concessions" announced in that memorandum, in order to be aware
Notes to Protocol-Continued
of their "contract force". In the reply of June 21 the president of the peace conference explained the points raised and informed the German delegation that the interpretations "which in the opinion of the Allied and Associated Powers, may be regarded as constituting a binding engagement, have been incorporated in the annexed Protocol" (Foreign Relations, The Paris Peace Conference, 1919, vi, 603).
With a view to indicating precisely the conditions in which certain provisions of the Treaty of even date are to be carried out, it is agreed by the HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES that:
(1) A Commission will be appointed by the Principal Allied and Associated Powers to supervise the destruction of the fortifications of Heligoland in accordance with the Treaty. This Commission will be authorized to decide what portion of the works protecting the coast from sea erosion are to be maintained and what portion must be destroyed;
(2) Sums reimbursed by Germany to German nationals to indemnify them in respect of the interests which they may be found to possess in the railways and mines referred to in the second paragraph of Article 156 shall be credited to Germany against the sums due by way of reparation;
(3) The list of persons to be handed over to the Allied and Associated Governments by Germany under the second paragraph of Article 228 shall be communicated to the German Government within a month from the coming into force of the Treaty;
(4) The Reparation Commission referred to in Article 240 and paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of Annex IV cannot require trade secrets or other confidential information to be divulged;
(5) From the signature of the Treaty and within the ensuing four months Germany will be entitled to submit for examination by the Allied and Associated Powers documents and proposals in order to expedite the work connected with reparation, and thus to shorten the investigation and to accelerate the decisions;
(6) Proceedings will be taken against persons who have committed punishable offences in the liquidation of German property, and the Allied and Associated Powers will welcome any information or evidence which the German Government can furnish on this subject.
Done at Versailles, the twenty-eighth day of June, one thousand
nine hundred and nineteen.
E. M. HOUSE.
D. LLOYD GEORGE.
A. BONAR LAW.
ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR.
GEORGE N. BARNES.
CHAS. J. DOHERTY.
ARTHUR L. SIFTON.
W. M. HUGHES.
J. C. SMUTS.
W. F. MASSEY.
MAHARAJA DE BIKANER.
L. L. KLOTZ.
K. MATSUI. H. IJUIN. HYMANS.
J. VAN DEN HEUVEL.
ANTONIO S. DE BUSTAMANTE.
E. DORN Y DE ALSUA.
C. D. B. KING.
I. J. PADEREWSKI.
DR. ANTE TRUMBIC.
DR. EDWARD BENES.
J. A. BUERO.