740.0011 E.W./7–2444: Telegram

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

6423. Reed from Acheson.

Terms of reference of CLAC have been discussed with British and following modification of paragraph 1 has been agreed to by LAC and Embassy:23 “At the present time to provide a forum for the exchange of views on problems arising in liberated and conquered territories in which the two governments have a mutual interest as a result of combined military, supply, shipping24 or financial responsibilities and which are outside the scope of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.” Assume this paragraph will be approved by British London.
First meeting of CLAC will be held on August 25 and you may consider CLAC now exists.
Terms of reference of Coordinating Committee London as stated in our 5795 July 2425 and communicated to British Embassy by Mitchell July 22 have been referred by Embassy to London for approval.
If, as I understood from our conversation, you have received approval of these terms in London, there is no reason why you should not proceed at once with organization and functioning of your Committee. CLAC will ratify your action when you report back. [Acheson.]
  1. Terms of reference for the CLAC were approved on August 25, with the deletion of the phrase “At the present time” which opened the paragraph. It was later agreed that the War Department and the Navy Department should be represented by observers from Combined Civil Affairs Committee.
  2. For documentation on international agreement regarding shipping, with specific relation to the supplying of all liberated areas, see pp. 639 ff.
  3. Not printed; it transmitted proposed terms of reference for CLAC and for London Coordinating Committee.