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CONDITIONS OF A STABLE PEACE

Messrs J. Ramsay Macdonald, Charles Trcver.-an. Norman Angell, F-. 1». Morel, and Arthur I'orisnnby. members of the Union of Democratic "Contvol, havo written a joint letter to the English Press on the principles which they state must govern tha final settlement, so a- to make this war what they hope it may be-—not the mere seed of future wars, but one tliat will pve a better and more secure Europe They believe that the aim of Mr Churchill—nanely, that "whatever we do we must fi>ht for and work towards ffi-eat and sound principles for the European svstc-m "—will not ho realised unless behind th*) statesmen there is the push of a well-defined public opinion, insisting that whatever the date and details of the settlement may be, at whatever stage of the military situation it may be deemed advisable to bring it about, cer tain well-defined ideas shall shape the final settlement. In order to ensure the. maintenance of the*e ideas, it is necessnrv to insist that the following policy shall inspire the actuai conditions of peace, and shall dominate the situation after peace has been declared: 1. No province shall be transferred from one Government to another without the consent by plebiscite of the population of such province. 2. No treaty, arrangement, or undertaking shall be entered upon in the name of Great Britain without the sanction of Parliament. Adequate machinery for ensuring- democratic control of foreign policy shall be created. 3. The foreign policy of Great Britain shall not be aimed at creatin;-? alliances for the purpose of maintaining tha *' balance of power," but shall he directed to the establishment of a Concert of Europe, whose deliberations and decisions shall be public. 4. Great Britain shall propose as part of the peace settlement a plan for the drastic reduction of armaments by the consent of all the belligerent Powers, and to facilitate that policy shall attempt to secure the general nationalisation of the manufacture of armaments and the prohibition of th« export of armaments by one country to another.

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CONDITIONS OF A STABLE PEACE, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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CONDITIONS OF A STABLE PEACE Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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