Conference of Ambassadors

Conference of Ambassadors. An executive body of the Allied Powers in 1920-31 that oversaw the fulfillment of the peace treaties after the First World War. The conference consisted of the ambassadors of France, Great Britain, the United States, Italy, Japan, and, later, Belgium, and was chaired by J. Cambon. On 15 March 1923 the conference approved Poland's annexation of Galicia with a provision of certain territorial autonomy for the latter. At the same time the conference recognized the Polish-Soviet border set forth in the Peace Treaty of Riga. Although Galicia's Ukrainians protested the decision, it remained irreversible. As a result, the government-in-exile of the Western Ukrainian National Republic was forced to dissolve itself in Vienna.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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