463.00 R 29/156: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Herrick )


67. L–54 for Logan. Your February 9, 3 p.m., L–89. When question comes up in the Reparation Commission in regard to the person or body to whom delivery of bonds shall be made under the provisions of article 4, Liberation Debt Agreement of September 10, 1919, as [Page 156] amended December, 1919, you may state that this Government would not object to the delivery of these bonds to the Reparation Commission.

The Department does not perceive that the Government of the United States has an interest in the disposition of the liberation bonds such as to preclude the above expression of its attitude, although as long as our Army cost claim remains unsatisfied31 and no procedure is decided upon for payment of American claims adjudicated by the Mixed Claims Commission,32 this Government has an interest in reparation credits.

You will advise the Department of your opinion whether a claim could properly be made under the Army Costs Agreement33 for share in cash realized from the liberation bonds.