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

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At the same time the delegates of the opposite side promised to transmit to their respective Governments the proposal made by the Russian delegation to invite all belligerent countries (that is, all Allied countries, except Russia) to take part in the negotiations.

Our delegation refused to sign at this stage of the negotiations a formal armistice, and it was decided again to suspend all hostile activities for a week and to interrupt for the same period the negotiations on an armistice.

As a result, a period of over one month will exist between the first decree of November 8 by the Council's authority concerning peace and the moment of the continuation of the peace negotiations on December 12. This period is, even for the present disturbed state of international communications, amply sufficient to afford the Allied Governments the opportunity to define their attitude towards the peace negotiations, that is, their willingness or their refusal to take part in the negotiations for an armistice and peace.

In the case of a refusal they must declare clearly and definitely before all mankind the aims for which the peoples of Europe may have to lose their blood during a fourth year of war.

L. TROTSKY, People's Commissioner for Foreign Affairs.


OFFICIAL ROUMANIAN ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN ARMISTICE WITH THE CENTRAL POWERS1
December 6, 1917

The Russian command having proposed an armistice to the enemy and to the Roumanian troops forming part of this front, it was decided that the Roumanian troops should associate themselves with this proposition. As a consequence hostilities were suspended at 8 o'clock on the whole of the front.

The enemy's troops loudly manifested their satisfaction and en-

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Text in The New York Times, December 8, 1917, p. 1. This truce was made permanent on December 9, as is related by the Roumanian communiqué of December 10, viz., "An armistice has been signed with the enemy, in consequence of which hostilities were suspended at 10.30 p. m. on the 9th inst. until further notice"; see The Times, London, December 13, 1917, p. 8. Roumania began negotiations for a separate peace about the middle of January; see The New York Times, January 30, 1918, p. 1.

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