Size Picot Agreement
George Curzon stated that the great powers were still attached to the agreement of the Organic Regulations on Governance and Non-Interference in the Affairs of the Maronite, Orthodox Christian, Druze and Muslim communities with regard to Beirut Vilayet of June 1861 and September 1864, and added that the rights granted to France in modern Syria and parts of present-day Turkey under Sykes-Picot, are incompatible with this agreement.  Faisal arrived in London on September 18 and the next day and September 23, he had long meetings with Lloyd George, who explained the Aide Mémoire and the British position. Lloyd George explained that he was “in the position of a man who had inherited two groups of commitments to King Hussein and the one to the French,” Faisal noted that the agreement “appeared to be based on the 1916 agreement between the British and the French.” Clemenceau, who responded regarding the Aide Mémoire, refused to sue Syria and said the case should be left to the French to speak directly to Faisal. The prosecution`s case is that the Sykes Picot Plan set artificial boundaries that did not reflect the demographic, cultural and social identity of the various communities that had lived for centuries under Ottoman sovereignty. The signatories of the agreement are accused of not having respected the promise made to the Arabs not to have respected their rebellion against the Turks. This leads to the accusation that they laid the groundwork for a partition of Palestine that ignored the rights of indigenous Palestinians. On September 15, 27, the British distributed a memorial aid (which had been discussed privately two days earlier between Lloyd George and Clemenceau  that the British would withdraw their troops to Palestine and Mesopotamia and hand over Damascus, Homs, Hama and Aleppo to Faisal`s troops. While accepting the withdrawal, Clemenceau continued to insist on the Sykes-Picot agreement as the basis for all discussions.  In the Sykes-Picot Agreement of May 19, 1916, France and Britain divided the Arab territories of the former Ottoman Empire into spheres of influence. In the area provided for, it was agreed that each country may establish direct or indirect administration or control, as it wishes and as appropriate to reach an agreement with the Arab State or the Confederation of Arab States. Under Sykes-Picot, the Syrian coast and much of today`s Lebanon went to France; Britain would take direct control of central and southern Mesopotamia around the provinces of Baghdad and Basra.