462.00 R 294/567: Telegram

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

3. H–205 [from Hill1]. My H–113, June 5th and Department’s H–59, June 14, 1926.2

Meeting fixed for January 13th to consider following proposal on which French, British, and Belgians are in agreement.
Fixing from April 1st, 1926 to January 10, 1930, or until modification of military zones of occupation, the prior charge on annuities for total maximum costs of armies of occupation including all contributions under Rhineland agreement on annual basis of 141 million gold marks of which 100 million for French, 25 for British, and 16 for Belgian troops.
Fixing for the same period maximum annual charge for Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission including all deliveries under Rhineland agreement in not to exceed 3,335,000 gold marks allocated French High Commissariat, 1,535,000; British and Belgian 900,000 each. Above to be drawn upon only as required and any savings at the end of year to be paid into common reparation fund for distribution under Finance Ministers’ Agreement of January 14, 19253 to powers having a right to participate in annuities available for distribution as reparations. This of course includes United States. The governments will also place at the disposal of High Commission upon its request through a charge on the annuity a sum not exceeding 550,000 gold marks saved during first year to meet German claims if and when recognized (see my letter August 25 and Department’s H–74 September 25, 19264).
Provisions regarding Inter-Allied military commission of control under article 3 of agreement of September 21, 19255 (see annex [Page 723] 2691 A) extended for duration of third annuity save that maximum fixed in first paragraph of that article reduced to 350,000 gold marks per month.
In view of previous instructions will raise no objections at the meeting unless instructed to do so. Hill.
  1. Ralph Waldo Snowden Hill, American unofficial representative on the Reparation Commission.
  2. Foreign Relations, 1926, vol. ii, pp. 160 and 161.
  3. Ibid., 1925, vol. ii, p. 145.
  4. Neither printed.
  5. Foreign Relations, 1925, vol. ii, p. 163.