THE TRUCE OF FOCSANI, BETWEEN ROUMANIA AND THE CENTRAL POWERS. SIGNED AT FOCSANI, 9 DECEMBER, 1917.


This truce is referred to in the preamble of the preliminary treaty of peace of 5 March, 1918, as having been denounced on 2 March, 1918, and as having expired at noon on 5 March, 1918. The text is not available, though it seems to have been published in the Romania, 12 December, 1917. It dated from 10:30 p. m. of 9 December, and was terminable on 72 hours' notice. It was said to have been necessitated by the suspension of hostilities on the Russian front. The continuance of the truce was probably conditioned upon the situation on the Russian front in some way, though it is not possible to state the terms of the condition from the confused accounts which were published at the time. The negotiations seem to have been conducted by the German, Austro-Hungarian, Roumanian and Russian military commands. Gen. Stcherbotcheff, who represented the Roumanians, seems to have made an effort to exact an agreement that the forces opposing the Roumanians would not be transported to any other front during the continuance of the truce, and numerous statements have been made that such an agreement was concluded. The line of front covered by the truce seems to have extended from the Dniester to the mouth of the Danube.1

1. See New York Times, 11 December, 1917; London Times, 13 December, 1917.


Source:  United States, Department of State, Texts of the Roumanian "Peace" (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1918), p. 1


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