United States Delegation Position Paper
[Editor’s Note.—The Log for July 13 (volume II, page 6) states that Truman, Byrnes, and Leahy spent a part of the day “shaping up the agenda for the tripartite conference and preparing a written brief on the problems that were expected to be brought up at the conference. “In a conversation with a Department of State historian on August 3, 1954, Byrnes identified the five-part document outlined below as the “brief” in question. It is dated July 12, 1945, at the end of part 5. Truman used this document as an action paper at the First Plenary Meeting of the Conference on July 17 and introduced the proposals contained therein at that meeting (see volume II, pages 52–54).
Byrnes and Dunn had copies of the “brief” before them at the First Meeting of the Foreign Ministers on July 18. For the manuscript notations which they made on it, see the footnotes to documents Nos. 711 and 852, printed in volume II.][Page 240] [Page 241]
- In the Agreement on Control Machinery in Germany signed at London, November 14, 1944, as amended by a further agreement signed at London, May 1, 1945. For texts, see Treaties and Other International Acts Series No. 3070; United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 2062. Text of the agreement of November 14, 1944, also in Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, p. 124.↩