Peace may be completed by June

By F.S. FERGUSON, United Press Staff Correspondent

PARIS, Feb. 19, 1919 (UP) - American, British, French and Italian delegates discussed the program for a preliminary peace today with the intention of having the outline completed soon after President Wilson's return to Paris.

Belief was expressed that the pact might be ready for final discussion by the middle of April.


The terms would include delineation of German boundaries, definite establishment of her military, naval and economic status and fixation of the amount of reparation and the method of payment.

One plan suggests the abolition of conscription in Germany for a period of 10 years with simultaneous reduction of her fleet.

Further steps toward fixing a basis for a preliminary peace will be taken in the new armistice conditions which may be presented to Germany within a week.

These are expected to include:

Reduction of her army to 25 divisions.

Dismantling of the Rhine forts.

Prohibition of mobilization on the west front.

Further reduction of the German navy and the surrendering of all submarines.

More than a score of U-boats, which have been partially built since the armistice was signed, will have to be turned over to the allies.

The length to which the sessions will continue after the Germans are called in is problematical, tho delegates are hopeful for a peace settlement by June.


Meantime discussions of boundaries in which the allied powers are concerned are to continue, but it is not necessary that an agreement will have been reached before the preliminary peace is presented.

The committee on responsibility for the war was reported today to be encountering difficulties in considering the case of the former kaiser, as there is no precedent on which to proceed.

The old strategic boundary idea has again bobbed up thru presentation of Serbia's claims.

The Serbs want a stretch of territory 15 to 30 kilometers (nine to 18 miles) wide along the Bulgarian front tier, claiming it is necessary for protection of railways.

Italy's refusal to arbitrate her dispute with the Jugo-Slavs over Dalmatia has not created a ripple, as it is based on the grounds that all territorial claims will be examined by the conference and that there is no reason why a special rule shall be made in this specific case.

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