Part XIII - Protocol & Declaration
See Trea!v of Versailles, Part XIII, Pages 238-253.
Hungary undertakes to recognise and to accept the conventions made or to be made by the Allied and Associated Powers or any of them with any other Power as to the traffic in arms and in spirituous liquors, and also as to the other subjects dealt with in the General Acts of Berlin of February 26, 1885, and of Brussels of July 2,1890, and the conventions completing or modifying the same.
The High Contracting Parties declare and place on record that they have taken note of the Treaty signed by the Government of the French Republic on July 17, 1918, with His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco defining the relations between France and the Principality.
The High Contracting Parties, while they recognise the guarantees stipulated by the Treaties of 1815, and especially by the Act of November 20,1815, in favour of Switzerland, the said guarantees constituting international obligations for the maintenance of peace, declare nevertheless that the provisions of these treaties, conventions, declarations and other supplementary Acts concerning the neutralised zone of Savoy, as laid down in paragraph I of Article 92 of the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna and in paragraph 2 of Article 3 of the Treaty of Paris of November 20, 1815, are no longer consistent with present conditions. For this reason the High Contracting Parties take note of the agreement reached between the French Government and the Swiss Government for the abrogation of the stipulations relating to this zone which are and remain abrogated.
The High Contracting Parties also agree that the stipulations of the Treaties of 1815 and of the other supplementary Acts concerning the free zones of Upper Savoy and the Gex district are no
longer consistent with present conditions, and that it is for France and Switzerland to come to an agreement together with a view to settling between themselves the status of these territories under such conditions as shall be considered suitable by both countries.
The Swiss Federal Council has informed the French Government on May 5, 1919, that after
examining the provisions of Article 435 of the peace conditions presented to Germany by the
Allied and Associated Powers in a like spirit of sincere friendship it has happily reached the
conclusion that it was possible to acquiesce in it under the following conditions and reservations:
(1) The neutralised zone of Haute-Savoie:
(a) It will be understood that as long as the Federal Chambers have not ratified the agreement come to between the two Governments concerning the abrogation of the stipulations in respect of the neutralised zone of Savoy, nothing will be definitively settled, on one side or the other, in
regard to this subject.
(b) The assent given by the Swiss Government to the abrogation of the above-mentioned stipulations presupposes, in conformity with the text adopted, the recognition of the guarantees formulated in favour of Switzerland by the Treaties of I815 and particularly by the Declaration of
November 20, 1815.
(c) The agreement between the Governments of France and Switzerland for the abrogation of the
above-mentioned stipulations will only be considered as valid if the Treaty of Peace contains this
Article in its present wording. In addition, the Parties to the Treaty of Peace should endeavour to
obtain the assent oE the signatory Powers of the Treaties of 1815 and of the Declaration of
November 20, 1815, which are not signatories of the present Treaty of Peace.
(2) Free zone of Haute-Savoie and the district of Gex:
(a) The Federal Council makes the most express reservations to the interpretation to be given to
the statement mentioned in the last paragraph of the above Article for insertion in the Treaty of
Peace, which provides that "the stipulations of the Treaties of 1815 and other supplementary acts
concerning the free zones of Haute-Savoie and the Gex district are no longer consistent with
present conditions." The Federal Council would not wish that its
acceptance of the above wording should lead to the conclusion that it would agree to the
suppression of a system intended to give neighbouring territory the benefit of a special regime
which is appropriate to the geographical and economical situation and which has been well tested.
In the opinion of the Federal Council the question is not the modification of the customs system of
the zones as set up by the Treaties mentioned above, but only the regulation in a manner more
appropriate to the economic conditions of the present day of the terms of the exchange of goods
between the regions in question. The Federal Council has been led to make the preceding
observations by the perusal of the draft Convention concerning the future constitution of the zones
which was annexed to the note of April 26 from the French Government. While making the above
reservations, the Federal Council declares its readiness to examine in the most friendly spirit any
proposals which the French Government may deem it convenient to make on the subject.
(b) It is conceded that the stipulations of the Treaties of 1815 and other supplementary acts relative to the free zones will remain in force until a new arrangement is come to between France
and Switzerland to regulate matters in this territory.
The French Government have addressed to the Swiss Government, on May 18, I919, the
following note in reply to the communication set out in the preceding paragraph:
In a note dated May 5 the Swiss Legation in Paris was good enough to inform the Government of the French Republic that the Federal Government adhered to the proposed Article to be inserted in the Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Governments and Germany.
The French Government have taken note with much pleasure of the agreement thus reached, and, at their request, the proposed Article, which had been accepted by the Allied and Associated Governments, has been inserted under No. 435 in the peace conditions presented to the German
The Swiss Government, in their Note of May 5 on this subject, have expressed various views and
Concerning the observations relating to the free zones of Haute-Savoie and the Gex district, the
French Government have the honour to observe that the provisions of the last paragraph of Article 435 are so clear that
their purport cannot be misapprehended, especially where it implies that no other Power but
France and Switzerland will in future be interested in that question.
The French Government, on their part, are anxious to protect the interests of the French territories concerned, and, with that object, having their special situation in view, they bear in mind the desirability of assuring them a suitable customs regime and determining, in a manner better suited to present conditions, the methods of exchanges between these territories and the adjacent Swiss territories, while taking into account the reciprocal interests of both regions.
It is understood that this must in no way prejudice the right of France to adjust her customs line in this region in conformity with her polit.cal frontier, as is done on the other portions of her territorial boundaries, and as was done by Switzerland long ago on her own boundaries in this region.
The French Government are pleased to note on this subject in what a friendly disposition the Swiss Government take this opportunity of declaring their willingness to consider any French proposal dealing with the system to be substituted for the present regime of the said free zones, which the French Government intend to formulate in the same friendly spirit.
Moreover, the French Government have no doubt that the provisional maintenance of the regime of 1815 as to the free zones referred to in the above-mentioned paragraph of the Note from the Swiss Legation of May 5, whose object is to provide for the passage from the present regime to the conventional regime, will cause no delay whatsoever in the establishment of the new situation which has been found necessary by the two Governments. This remark applies also to the ratification by the Federal Chambers, dealt with in paragraph I (a) of the Swiss note of May 5,
under the heading "Neutralized zone of Haute-Savoie."
The Allied and Associated Powers agree that where Christian religious missions were being maintained by Hungarian societies or persons in territory belonging to them, or of which the government is entrusted to them in accordance with the present Treaty, the property which these
missions or missionary societies possessed, including that of trading societies whose profits were devoted to the support of missions,
shall continue to be devoted to missionary purposes. In order to ensure the due execution of this undertaking, the Allied and Associated Governments will hand over such property to boards of trustees appointed by or approved by the Governments and composed of persons holding the faith
of the mission whose property is involved.
The Allied and Associated Governments, while continuing to maintain full control as to the
individuals by whom the missions are conducted, will safeguard the interests of such missions.
Hungary, taking note of the above undertaking, agrees to accept 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, Hungary undertakes not to put Eorward directly or indirectly against any Allied or Associated Power, signatory of the present Treaty, any pecuniary claim based on events which occurred at any time before the coming into force of the
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.
Hungary accepts and recognises as valid and binding all decrees and orders concerning
Austro-Hungarian ships and Hungarian 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 Hungarian national.
The Allied and Associated Powers reserve the right to examine in such manner as they may determine all decisions and orders of Austro-Hungarian Prize Courts, whether affecting the property rights of nationals of those Powers or of neutral Powers. Hungary 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
The High Contracting Parties agree that, in the absence of a subsequent agreement to the contrary, the Chairman of any Commission established by the present Treaty shall in the event of an equality
of votes be entitled to a second vote.
Except where otherwise provided in the present Treaty, in all cases where the Treaty provides for
the settlement of a question affecting particularly certain States by means of a special Convention
to be concluded between the States concerned, it is understood by the High Contracting Parties
that diffficulties arising in this connection shall, until Hungary is admitted to membership of the
League of Nations, be settled by the Principal Allied and Associated Powers.
In the present Treaty the expression "former Kingdom of Hungary" includes Bosnia and Herzegovina except where the text implies the contrary. This provision shall not prejudice the
rights and obligations of Austria in such territory.
THE PRESENT TREATY, in French, in English, and in Italian, shall be ratified. In case of
divergence, the French text shall prevail, except in Parts I (Covenant of the League of Nations)
and XIII (Labour), where the French and English texts shall be of equal force.
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 ratification has been given; in that case they must transmit the instrument of ratification as soon as
A first procès-verbal of the deposit of ratifications will be drawn up as soon as the Treaty has been ratified by Hungary 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
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
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 Trianon, the fourth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and twenty, 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.
|HUGH C. WALLACE.||RAFAEL MARTINEZ ORTIZ.|
|GEORGE H. PERLEY||CARLOS A. VILLANUEVA.|
|ANDREW FISHER.||R. A. AMADOR.|
|THOMAS MACKENZIE||E. SAPIEHA.|
|R.A. BLANKENBERG.||ERASME PILTZ.|
|A. MILLERAND.||JOAO CHAGAS.|
|F. FRANCOIS-MARSAL.||DR. J. CANTACUZÈNE.|
|AUG. ISAAC.||N. TITULESCU|
|JULES CAMBON.||NIK. P. PACHITCH.|
|PALÉOLOGUE.||DR. ANTE TRUMBIC.|
|BONIN.||DR. IVAN ZOLGER.|
|M. GRASSI.||CHAROON .|
|K. MATSUI.||DR. EDWARD BENES.|
|J. VAN DEN HEUVEL.||STEFAN OSUSKY.|
|VIKYUIN WELLINGTON KOO.||DRASCHE LAZAR.|
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:
I. The list of persons to be handed over to the Allied and Associated Governments by Hungary, under the second paragraph of Article 157, shall be communicated to the Hungarian Government within a month from the coming into force of the Treaty;
2. The Reparation Commission referred to in Article 170 and paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of Annex IV, and the Special Section provided for in Article 163, cannot require trade secrets or other confidential information to be divulged;
3. From the signature of the Treaty, and within the ensuing four months, Hungary 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;
4. Proceedings will be taken against persons who have committed punishable offences in the Liquidation of Hungarian property, and the Allied and Associated Powers will welcome any information or evidence which the Hungarian Government can furnish on this subject.
Done in French, in English, and in Italian, of which the French text shall prevail in case of divergence, at Trianon, the fourth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and twenty.
With a view to minimizing the losses arising from the sinking of ships and cargoes in the course of
the war, and to facilitating the recovery of ships and cargoes which can be salved and the
adjustment of the private claims arising with regard thereto, the Hungarian Government
undertakes to supply all the information in its power which may be of assistance to the
Governments of the Allied and Associated Powers, or to their nationals, with regard to vessels
sunk or damaged by the Hungarian naval forces during the period of hostilities.
This declaration made in French, in English, and in Italian, of which the French text shall prevail in case of divergence, at Trianon, the fourth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and twenty.