The geographical area of expansion of the Rumanian people extends beyond the political and natural boundaries of Rumania. If Rumania had pursued the complete application of the principle of nationalities, it would have had to lay claim in 1919 to all the territories inhabited by Rumanians and situated to the east of the Dniester, to the west of the present Rumano-Hungarian boundary, and to the south of the Danube. We read in the memorandum submitted by the Rumanian Government to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919: The Rumanian Government thinks that the way in which it formulates its claims is in itself a sufficient proof and garantee of its will to sacrifice, for the establishment of a lasting peace in the world, even profound and legitimate aspirations. If her object had been to apply rigorously the principle of the linguistic or racial group, Rumania would unquestionably have had to demand the union of the hundreds of thousands of people who are Rumanian in language, customs and sentiment, living in compact groups on the left bank of the Dniester and beyond the Bug as far as the Dnieper. [pag 80-81]