The New York Times7 January 1919

SECRET TREATY GAVE ENGLAND SUPERVISION OF MESOPOTAMIA

PARIS, Jan. 6.-Supervision of the affairs of Mesopotamia after the conclusion of peace was assigned to Great Britain by a treaty concluded between France and England concerning the future of Asia Minor early in the war. The existence of this treaty only recently has become known publicly, and no previous mention has been made of the important country of Mesopotamia.

Under the terms of this treaty France was to assume direction of the destinies of Syria, Lebanon, and Armenia Minor, (that part of Armenia to the west of the Euphrates.) Palestine was to be under international protection, while Mesopotamia and portions of the Arabian peninsula were to be under the supervision of Great Britain. It was settled that the largest possible autonomy would be assured to the races and peoples in these countries, and an economical administration and equality of rights were also agreed to.

What disposition the Peace Conference will make of this and other secret treaties is much discussed in Paris.



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