The Anglo-French declaration was read in the protocol, and Pichon commented that it showed the selfless position of the two governments towards the Arabs and Lloyd George that it was “more important than all the old agreements”.  Pichon mentioned an agreement proposed on 15 February on the basis of the private agreement between Clemenceau and Lloyd George last December.  (According to Lieshout, Clemenceau presented Lloyd George, just before Faisal met at the conference of 6, a proposal that seems to cover the same subject; Lieshout, which issued on British materials related to the 6, while the date is not specified in the minutes.  The existing Turkish tariff remains in effect for a period of twenty years in all blue and red zones as well as in zones (a) and b) and there is no increase in tariffs or conversions of value at certain rates, unless there is an agreement between the two powers. The agreement was based on the premise that the Triple Agreement took place during the First World War and aimed at other objectives in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire and was part of a series of secret agreements that reflected on its partition. The first negotiations that led to the agreement took place between 23 November 1915 and 3 January 1916, during which British and French diplomats Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot signed an agreed memorandum.  The agreement was ratified by their respective governments on 9 and 16 May 1916.  From November 1915 to March 1916, representatives of Great Britain and France reached an agreement that gave russia its approval. The secret contract, known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement, was named after its leaders, the aristocrats Sir Mark Sykes of England and François Georges-Picot in France. On 27 May 1916, in a letter from the British Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, to Paul Cambon, French Ambassador to Britain. The minutes, which took place at a meeting of the “Big Four” in Paris on 20 March 1919 and attended by Woodrow Wilson, Georges Clemenceau, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Lloyd George and Arthur Balfour, set out the British and French positions on the agreement.
This was the first topic discussed in the discussion on Syria and Turkey and was then at the centre of all the discussions. These and other questions are not inactive speculations. Iraq and Syria, states never strong for all the authoritarians of their leaders, have become a fiction. They were able to survive in fiction, the way the Lebanese state managed to survive in fiction after the end of the civil war; or they could dissolve. As after the First World War, foreigners will present proposals and agreements, but they will not decide the end.