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France Ratifies Lausanne Treaty; Final Signature Affixed to San Remo Decision

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A heated discussion took place in the French Chamber last Monday night when the bill calling for the ratification of the Lausanne Peace Treaty between Turkey, Great Britain and France was taken up. A strong minority of the chamber opposed the ratification of this treaty owing to the inclusion of the San Remo decision which provides for the creation of the Jewish National Homeland in Palestine. The leader of this group was Marquis Serronays, who argued that in the San Remo agreement, France has not only renounced her rights to Palestine, but has reduced the Syrian territory under her control and abandoned the district of Musol to the English and Zionists. Prime Minister Herriot and Briand defended the bill. With a majority of 410 to 171, the Chamber ratified the treaty.

This is the final step which will make the San Remo decision, upon which the provisions of the Palestine Mandate are based, a fully validated, international pact and will have great influence on the political situation of Palestine. Before the Lausanne Treaty was ratified, the Palestinian Government was unable to enace the Naturalization Law of the Jewish National Homeland.

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