863.51 Relief Credits/529: Telegram (part air)

The Chargé in Germany (Geist) to the Secretary of State

170. Department’s instruction No. 187 of February 15, respecting Austrian bonds. The Economic Ministry states that the communications from the Bondholders Protective Council and Lamont have had consideration and that the Ministry in conjunction with the Reichsbank and the Finance Ministry is disposed to undertake negotiations in the near future, preferably in Berlin. The Foreign Office confirms this and Wiehl11 informed me this afternoon that a communication to this effect will shortly be sent to the Council through the German Embassy in Washington. Wiehl also stated that on account of existing pressure on possible negotiators the meeting would probably have to be held in Berlin.

  1. Ministerial Director Wiehl, head of the Commercial Policy Division of German Foreign Office.