840.50/1266

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador ( Halifax )10

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency the Ambassador of Great Britain and is pleased to transmit herewith the following documents relating to a conversation between the British Ambassador, the Soviet Ambassador, the Chinese Ambassador, and the Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Acheson, in the Department of State on January 11, 1943, with respect to the draft plan for the establishment of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration:

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A memorandum of the discussion11
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A memorandum presenting drafts of modifications of the draft plan as discussed in the meeting on January 11
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A copy of a memorandum from the Department of State to the Soviet Embassy, dated January 16, 1943,12 relating to one of the points raised by the Soviet Government in its comments on the draft plan
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A copy of a memorandum from the Department of State to the Chinese Embassy, dated January 16, 1943,13 relating to one of the points raised by the Chinese Government in its comments on the draft plan

A copy of each of the memoranda mentioned above has been transmitted to the Soviet Ambassador and the Chinese Ambassador for their information.

It is understood that the British Ambassador and the other Ambassadors concerned intend to bring this material to the attention of their Governments and that a further discussion of the subject will then take place with the Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Acheson. It will be appreciated if the British Embassy will inform the Department of State as soon as a response has been received from the British Government with respect to this matter. It is hoped that a further discussion can be arranged before the end of the week of January 18.

[Enclosure]

Memorandum Presenting Drafts of Modifications of the Draft Plan as Discussed in the Meeting of January 11, 1943

As a result of a discussion between the British Ambassador, the Soviet Ambassador, the Chinese Ambassador and the Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Acheson, in the Department of State on January 11, 1943 the following suggestions are offered with respect to the draft agreement for the establishment of a United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

The draft plan itself might be modified in the following respects:

Paragraph 4 of Article III to read:

“4. The Committee on Supplies of the Council shall consist of the members of the Council, or their alternates, representing those member governments likely to be principal suppliers of materials for relief and rehabilitation. The members shall be appointed by the Policy Committee, with the approval of the Council if it be in session and otherwise subject to its ratification. It shall consider, formulate and report to the Council and the Policy Committee policies covering the procurement and distribution of supplies designed to ensure the provision of required materials and their continued flow from available sources of supply to areas of need. The Policy Committee shall from time to time meet with the Committee on Supplies to review policy matters affecting supplies.”

Paragraph 5 of Article III to read:

“5. The Committee of the Council for Europe shall consist of all the members of the Council, or their alternates, representing member [Page 859] governments of territories within the European area, and such other members of the Council, representing other governments directly concerned with the problems of relief and rehabilitation in the European area, as shall be appointed by the Policy Committee, with the approval of the Council if it be in session and otherwise subject to its ratification. The Committee of the Council for the Far East shall consist of all the members of the Council, or their alternates, representing member governments of territories within the Far Eastern area and such other members of the Council, representing other governments directly concerned with the problems of relief and rehabilitation in the Far Eastern area, as shall be appointed by the Policy Committee, with the approval of the Council if it be in session and otherwise subject to its ratification. The regional committees shall normally meet within their respective areas. They shall consider and recommend to the Council and the Policy Committee policies with respect to relief and rehabilitation within their respective areas. The Committee of the Council for Europe shall take over and carry on the work of the Inter-Allied Committee on European post-war relief established in London on September 24, 1941.”

Paragraph 6 of Article III to read:

“6. The Council shall establish such other standing regional committees as it shall consider desirable, the functions of such committees and the method of appointing their members being identical to that provided in paragraph 5 of this Article with respect to the committees of the Council for Europe and for the Far East. The Council shall also establish such other standing committees as it considers desirable to advise it, and, in intervals between sessions of the Council, to advise the Policy Committee. For such technical standing committees as may be established, in respect of particular problems such as nutrition, health, agriculture, transport, materials and supplies, repatriation, and finance, the members may be members of the Council or alternates nominated by them because of special competence in their respective fields of work. The members shall be appointed by the Policy Committee, with the approval of the Council if it be in session and otherwise subject to its ratification. Should a regional committee so desire, subcommittees of the technical standing committees shall be established by the technical committees in consultation with the regional committees, to advise the regional committees.”

Paragraph 7 of Article III to read:

“7. The travel and other expenses of members of the Council and its committees shall be borne by the governments which they represent.”

The following sentence to be added to paragraph 1 of Article IV:

“The Director General may be removed by unanimous vote of the Policy Committee.”

Paragraph 5 of Article IV to read:

“5. The Director General shall make periodic reports to the Policy Committee and to the Council covering the progress of the Administration’s [Page 860] activities. These reports shall be made public except for such portions as the Policy Committee may consider it necessary, in the interest of the United Nations, to keep confidential until the end of the war.”

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, on the same date, to the Chinese and Soviet Ambassadors.
  2. Supra.
  3. Infra.
  4. Post, p. 861.