740.00119 European Advisory Commission/10–2944

The Soviet Ambassador (Gromyko) to the Secretary of State

[Translation]

Dear Mr. Secretary: I enclose herewith under instructions from the Soviet Government a memorandum on the question of the participation of France and other Allied Governments in the work of the European Advisory Commission.

Sincerely yours,

A. Gromyko
[Enclosure—Translation]

Memorandum

On the 16th of October the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain, A. Eden, transmitted to the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the U.S.S.R., V. M. Molotov, a memorandum of the Government of Great Britain on the question of the participation of France and other Allied Governments in the work of the European Advisory [Page 81]Commission. In the memorandum it was stated that the Government of Great Britain supports the request of the French that they should be permitted to send a representative to the European Advisory Commission for the purpose of discussing the conditions of the surrender of Germany. It was further stated in the memorandum that “the Government of the United Kingdom suggests that the time has come to permit other European Allied Governments who have suffered from German aggression also to send representatives to be present in the Commission when and in such manner as the Commission may consider desirable in order to discuss any questions connected with the surrender of Germany in which these Governments are directly interested. It [the British Government]68 believes that the Government of the United States supports this view and will be grateful for the expression of the position of the Soviet Government.”

However, the British Government considers that in the interest of security the document concerning conditions of surrender of Germany cannot be communicated to other Allied Governments at the present time but that this may be done at a suitable time in the near future. In connection with this memorandum the Soviet Government has communicated the following to the British Government:

The question of the participation of France and of other Allied Governments has been considered by the representatives of the three Allied Governments in the European Advisory Commission in London but the Soviet Government considers that this question does not fall within the competency of the Advisory Commission but within the competency of the three Governments.

The point of view of the Soviet Government on the question of the participation of France and other Allied Governments in the work of the European Advisory Commission does not differ from the point of view of the British Government as set forth in the above-mentioned memorandum of the British Government. The Soviet Government considers that a French representative should be invited to take part in the discussions of German matters in the Commission. In addition the Soviet Government considers it necessary to examine the question of the permanent participation of France in the affairs of the European Advisory Commission. For its part the Soviet Government is in favor of the participation of a representative of the French provisional government in the affairs of the European Advisory Commission in the capacity of a fourth permanent member of the Commission. This is especially appropriate now that the three Allied [Page 82]Governments have recognized the provisional government of the French Republic. There is also no objection from the Soviet side against other representatives of Allied Governments being present in the Commission when and in such manner as the Commission considers it desirable as set forth in the British memorandum.

Likewise there is no objection from the Soviet side to the three Allied Governments authorizing the European Advisory Commission to inform the other Allied Governments of the contents of the document regarding the surrender of Germany in such manner and on such terms as are set forth in point 2 of the memorandum of the British Government.

A[ndrei] G[romyko]

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