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all arrangements made or to be made by the Allied or Associated Government concerned for carrying on the work of the said missions or trading societies and waives all claims on their behalf.
Without prejudice to the provisions of the present Treaty, Germany undertakes not to put forward directly or indirectly against any Allied or Associated Power, signatory of the present Treaty, including those which without having declared war, have broken off diplomatic relations with the German Empire, any pecuniary claim based on events which occurred at any time before the coming into force of the present Treaty.
The present stipulation will bar completely and finally all claims of this nature, which will be thenceforward extinguished, whoever may be the parties in interest.
Germany accepts and recognises as valid and binding all decrees and orders concerning German shops and goods and all orders relating to the payment of costs made by any Prize Court of any of the Allied or Associated Powers, and undertakes not to put forward any claim. arising out of such decrees or orders on behalf of any German national.
The Allied and Associated Powers reserve the right to examine in such manner as they may determine all decisions and orders of German Prize Courts, whether affecting the property rights of nationals of those Powers or of neutral Powers. Germany agrees to furnish copies of all the documents constituting the record of the cases, including the decisions and orders made, and to accept and give effect to the recommendations made after such examination of the cases.
THE PRESENT TREATY, of which the French and English texts are both authentic, shall be ratified.
The deposit of ratifications shall be made at Paris as soon as possible.
Powers of which the seat of the Government is outside Europe will be entitled merely to inform the Government of the French Republic through their diplomatic representative at Paris that their ratifica
tion has been given; in that case they must transmit the instrument of ratification as soon as possible.
A first procès-verbal of the deposit of ratifications will be drawn up as soon as the Treaty has been ratified by Germany on the one hand, and by three of the Principal Allied and Associated Powers on the other hand.
From the date of this first procès-verbal the Treaty will come into force between the High Contracting Parties who have ratified it. For the determination of all periods of time provided for in the present Treaty this date will be the date of the coming into force of the Treaty.
In all other respects the Treaty will enter into force for each Power at the date of the deposit of its ratification.
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.] ROBERT LANSING.
[L. S.] TASKER H. BLISS.
[L. S.] ARTHUR JAMES BAL
[L. S.] GEORGE N. BARNES.
[L. S.] LOUIS BOTHA.
[L. S.] J. CHR. SMUTS.
[L. S.] W. F. MASSEY.
MAHARAJA DE BIKANER.
[L. S.] L. L. KLOTZ.
* The names of the signers are not printed in the Senate document, but have been added herein from an official print of the treaty prepared at Paris.
[L. S.] N. MAKINO.
[L. S.] S. CHINDA.
[L. S.] J. VAN DEN HEUVEL. [L. S.] ÉMILE VANDERVELDE.
[L. S.] ISMAEL MONTES. [L. S.] CALOGERAS.
[L. S.] RODRIGO OCTAVIO.
[L. S.] ANTONIO S. DE BUSTA
[L. S.] E. DORN Y DE ALSUA.
[L. S.] ABDUL HADI AOUNI.
[L. S.] C. D. B. KING.
[L. S.] TRAIDOS PRABANDHU.
PROTOCOL SUPPLEMENTARY TO THE TREATY OF PEACE
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 authorised 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 in
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demnify 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.
[Signed by the same plenipotentiaries who signed the Treaty of Peace.]
CONVENTIONS PROLONGING THE ARMISTICE WITH GERMANY.1
December 13, 1918.
The undersigned, in virtue of the powers with which they were endowed for the signing of the armistice of the 11th November, 1918, have concluded the following additional agreement:
1. The duration of the armistice signed on the 11th November, 1918, has been prolonged for a month, i.e., till 5 a.m. on the 17th January, 1919.
The one month's extension will be further extended until the conclusion of peace preliminaries, provided this arrangement meets with the approbation of the Allied Governments.
2. The clauses of the convention (11th November) which have been incompletely fulfilled will be carried out during the period of extension, according to the conditions laid down by the Permanent International Armistice Commission following the orders given by the allied generalissimo.
3. The following clause is added to the convention of the 11th November, 1918: [This condition was first announced in a note of the Allies December 12, 1918, in which infractions of 12 articles of the armistice by Germany were listed. These included failure to deliver war material, aircraft, railroad rolling stock, and naval vessels in the time and quantity provided. In connection with the last category the statement read: "Five submarines in Spain, one in Norway, and one in Netherlands ought to be delivered," and "The refusal of
1 The terms of the Armistice with Germany, November 11, 1918, were printed in this Supplement for April, 1919, pp. 97-108. The Conventions prolonging the Armistice were not then printed because authentic texts were not available. The official texts are now printed from Senate Document No. 147, 66th Congress, 1st Session.