740.00119 EAC/11–344: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Gallman) to the Secretary of State

9552. Comea 118. Embassy’s 9323, October 28, 7 p.m.9 Strang reported to Mosely10 today that Gousev11 has informed Massigli of favorable Soviet attitude toward permanent French representation on the European Advisory Commission. Strang has now circulated to US and Soviet delegates a draft letter from EAC Chairman to the French Ambassador inviting the French Government to designate its representative “in order to take part in the consideration of German affairs when these questions are on the Commission’s agenda”. According to Strang, Gousev, appears willing to accept this text and to agree at an early EAC meeting, probably oil November 6, to issue this invitation. In accordance with instructions transmitted in Department’s 9048, October 30, 4 p.m., US Delegation will associate itself with this invitation.12

In private conversation today with de Jean,13 Director of Quai d’Orsay Political Department, Strang has urged French not to upset tripartite agreements on occupation zones and control machinery by abrupt injection of French desiderata. Early appearance of a French delegate in the EAC renders even more urgent completion of the Anglo-American amendment to the protocol on zones of occupation [Page 96] and earliest possible approval of the amended protocol in the EAC.14 Please show this to Mr. Winant.

  1. Not printed; it reported on a note handed by British Foreign Secretary Eden to Soviet Foreign Commissar Molotov on October 16 and a Soviet aide-mémoire in reply dated October 26; the exchange had to do with the presentation to the EAC of the French Government’s views regarding the future of Germany and consultation with European Allied Governments regarding the surrender instrument for Germany (740.00119 EAC/10–2844). For a summary of Eden’s note of October 16, see the extract from a telegram from Mr. Eden dated October 18, p. 79. For text of the memorandum of October 29 presented by the Soviet Ambassador to the Secretary of State and similar to the Soviet aide-mémoire of October 26 to the British Foreign Office, see p. 80.
  2. Philip E. Mosely, Political Adviser to the United States Delegation to the European Advisory Commission and Acting United States Representative to the E.A.C. during Ambassador Winant’s trip to Washington, October 26–November 18.
  3. Fedor Tarasovich Gousev, Soviet Ambassador in the United Kingdom and Representative to the European Advisory Commission.
  4. Acting Secretary of State Stettinius replied in telegram 9232, November 4, 1944, 2 p.m., “You should as instructed associate this Government with the invitation to the French.” (740.00119 EAC/11–344)
  5. Maurice Dejean, Director General of Political Affairs in the French Foreign Ministry.
  6. On November 14, 1944, the representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union on the European Advisory Commission signed an Amending Agreement to the Protocol on Zones of Occupation in Germany and the Administration of “Greater Berlin”. For text, see Department of State, Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) 3071, p. 9, or United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 2087. For correspondence regarding the discussions in the European Advisory Commission concerning this agreement, see pp. 100 ff.