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The Paris Peace Conference Agreements

Maintaining the unity, property and interests of the British Empire was a major concern for the British delegates to the conference, with more specific objectives: while Russia was formally excluded from the conference,[49] although it fought the middle powers for three years, the Russian Provincial Council (chaired by Prince Lvov[50]), the successor of the Russian Constituent Assembly and the political branch of the White Russian Movement, participating in the conference and was represented by former Tsarist minister Sergei Sazonov,[3] who, had the tsar not been overthrown, would most likely have participated in the conference anyway. The Council maintained the position of an indivisible Russia, but some were ready to negotiate the loss of Poland and Finland. [51] The Council proposed that all matters relating to territorial claims or autonomy within the former Russian Empire be transferred to a new All-Russian Constituent Assembly. The conference heard statements from competing Zionists and Arabs following the previously secret Sykes-Picot agreement and the adoption of the system of mandates for the Arab provinces of the former Ottoman Empire. Wilson recommended an international commission of inquiry to determine the wishes of local residents.