The second border plan of Estonia

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10. December 1919

On December 10, heated debates over the issue of borders continued. In the afternoon, Krassin presented an alteration, where the islands in Narva river would be part of Estonia, but only if they remained neutral and disarmed. To follow, later that evening the Estonian delegation introduced their new plan, that mostly followed the current positions of Estonian forces on the front.

In short, compared to the original plan, the border had been pulled some 10 to 15 kilometers westwards. In some of the areas, a majority vote of the people would decide which country would have dominion.

On the morning of December 11, Krassin called Estonia's new plan "strategically aggressive" and unacceptable. Estonian delegation felt the same way about Russia's plan. On the evening of the same day, Estonia presented their "final" border plan, which did not differ from the previous one, but stated that the areas that fell between the two borders marked in Estonia's and Russia's second plan, were to be put to a public vote. Since Estonia did not wish to discuss military guarantees before the border disputes were over, and the Russian delegation had no direct way to contact their government, Krassin announced the need to converse with Moscow.

The political negotiations were halted until December 15. Adolf Joffe continued with negotiating economic matters for the Soviet delegation. Taking advantage of Krassin's absence, Poska and Soots went to meeti with their government.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI, Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa, 2005
Eesti Vabadussõda, 1918-1920, 2. Tallinn: Mats, 1997


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