In September 2019, Bellflower`s elected leaders did something amazing. They voluntarily joined a settlement agreement in a federal action that forced cities in neighboring Orange County to build homeless shelters. The text of the declaration was published in the press a week after it was signed, on November 9, 1917.  Other related events took place in a short period of time, the two most important being the nearly immediate British military takeover of Palestine and the publication of the previously secret Sykes-Picot Agreement. This Franco-English treaty was negotiated in late 1915 and early 1916 between Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, the primary agreements being defined in the form of a draft joint memorandum of 5 January 1916.   Sykes was a British Conservative MP who had become a position of significant influence on British middle east policy, beginning with his seat on the De Bunsen Committee of 1915 and his initiative for the creation of the Arab Bureau.  Picot was a French diplomat and former consul general in Beirut.  His agreement defined the spheres of influence and control proposed in West Asia if the Triple Entente succeeded in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I and divided many Arab regions into territories ruled by the United Kingdom and France. . . .
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