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2-4 November 1918

Secret conference of allies in Paris

Marshal Ferdinand Foch, Supreme Allied Commander, insisted on including a provision in the redress agreement with Germany that would require German armies to leave the territories from before 1772. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephen Pichon, postulated that Poland should be granted access to the sea. The delegation from the United States did not support the Polish affairs. Marshal Foch’s postulate was not approved, because the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, Arthur Balfour, included a clause under which the Germans were obliged to leave the eastern territories, including the former Russian Partition.