462.00 R 29/609½

Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation with the Belgian Ambassador (De Cartier), April 28, 1921

German Reparations. The Ambassador stated that he had heard from M. Jaspar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, that the German offer was unacceptable, that his Government stood by the Paris proposals, and that this would furnish the only acceptable basis of settlement. The Ambassador in reply to the Secretary’s inquiries stated that his Government was desirous that Germany’s productive power should be released, and that the country should be put in a position where it could be prosperous and aid in the prosperity of the world, and that this is a very important matter to Belgium, but that it was their opinion that the Germans would finally yield if there were insistence upon the Paris proposals.