Erasmus Plus Project 2016 in Essen – Day 4: Committee 1 on Territorial Disputes

“Transforming the Map of Europe during and after WWI“ is an Erasmus Plus module for secondary school students, which fosters historical awareness and critical reflection. As peace conference delegates, the students discussed territorial conflicts after WWI in two separate committees on Wed, 27th, and Thu, 28th January 2016, and tried to work out alternative solutions. Here is their resolution:



Forum: Paris Peace Conference
Committee: Territorial Disputes
Main submitter: Germany
Co-Submitters: Poland, Russia, France, Belgium, Austria, Kingdom of Italy

The Paris Peace Conference,
Noting with regret the tremendous damage suffered by all countries 
during the Great War,
Aware that the outbreak of war was a result of escalating tension 
between all countries,
Commending the establishment of the Paris Peace Conference 
as a basis for future peace and equality between all nations,
Hoping to uphold the plight of all areas through popular sovereignty
1. Confirms the German intent to renounce Alsace-Lorraine as its own, 
considering its majority-French population, with the intent that it holds 
a closed-plebiscite for its people after 5 years of French rule;
2. Demands that Germany, in regards to the Polish Government 
and in line with the principal of self-determination:
3. surrenders the Poznan province to a closed-plebiscite after 
five years under Polish rule and grants free access to the sea 
for Poland through:
a. The port of Danzig, Koenigsberg and Memel,
b. The Polish corridor between the Free City of Danzig and the 
Poznan province,
4. Releases Upper Silesia to a closed-plebiscite as it is a Polish 
majority area after five years under Polish rule,
5. Designates the German district of Schleswig to hold a 
closed-plebiscite as a Danish-majority district;
6. Resolves that Germany demilitarize the Rhineland 
for the next 12 years, followed by a closed-plebiscite
under the League of Nations;
7. Resolves to hold further closed-plebiscites in the interest of 
self-determination in German majority areas such;
a) Eupen-Malmedy,
b) Hultschin Region,
c) The Sudetenland,
8. Demands that Russia gives Poland:
a) West Belarus
b) West Ukraine
9. Designates to give Lithuania to Poland and then hold a 
closed-plebiscite in the interest of selfdetermination
after 5 years.
10. Suggests that these colonies run by the former German 
Empire should be handed to the Empire of Japan as mandates 
with the promise of self-determination after the build up of
infrastructure and economic strength in a ten year span in particular:
a) the Marshall Islands
b) the Caroline Islands
c) the Marianas
d) German New Guinea

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