Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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can offer, I will not say any recompense, but any justification, for what has been done and suffered and sacrificed.. . . . . . . . . . .
INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF SOVIETS TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE PARIS CONFERENCE OF THE ALLIES ON WAR AIMS1
October 20, 1917
1. The evacuation by the German troops of Russia and the autonomy of Poland, Lithuania, and the Lettish provinces.
2. The autonomy of Turkish Armenia.
3. The solution of the question of Alsace-Lorraine by means of a plebiscite in conditions of absolute liberty, the voting being organized by the local civil administrations after the removal of the troops of the two groups of belligerents.
4. Restoration of Belgium in her ancient frontiers and compensation for her losses from an international fund.
5. The restoration of Serbia and Montenegro, with compensation from an international fund. Serbia is to receive access to the Adriatic, Bosnia and Herzegovina are to be autonomous.
6. The disputed districts in the Balkans to receive provisional autonomy, followed by a plebiscite.
7. Roumania to be restored within her old frontiers; she is to give a promise to grant autonomy to the Dobrudja and solemnly to promise to put into immediate execution Article III of the treaty of Berlin, dealing with the equality of rights of Jews.
8. Autonomy for the Italian provinces of Austria, followed by a plebiscite.
9. Restitution to Germany of all her colonies.
10. The reestablishment of Greece and Persia.
11. The neutralization of all straits leading to inner sea, as well as of the Suez and Panama canals, freedom of navigation for merchant vessels and the abolition of the right to torpedo merchant vessels in time of war.
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Text in The Times, London, October 22, 1917, p. 7. The Soviet representative was not admitted to the conference.

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