740.00119 European War 1939/2491: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

3004. For Phillips. Reference telegram from SHAEF to War Department, S–50325, 13th April 1944. Of course, as you know, the President holds very strongly to maintaining the principle of unconditional surrender for Germany. I feel, however, that case for action along lines indicated in reference telegram should be given every consideration but before going into it further would like to have you suggest that Stettinius ascertain from the Ambassador whether the EAC85 has progressed in its work to the point where it would be possible to arrive at a tripartite declaration on the principles upon which military government for Germany is to be based. As this is a matter which comes under the Commission’s terms of reference, I question whether we should proceed on this subject by other means than through the Commission unless both of the other two Governments were willing to do so.

  1. European Advisory Commission.