740.00119 (Control) Germany/7–1145: Telegram

No. 411
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Acting Secretary of State 1
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6997. Comea 333. Soviet EAC delegation tonight communicated new formula for final para report transmitting agreement French zone in Germany. This formula sent by Moscow following Gusev’s return (mytel 6932, July 10 rptd for Murphy 302).

[(]Sent to Dept rptd for Murphy as 34).

Soviet formula follows:

“The commission recommends that the question of determinating [sic] the boundaries of the French area in greater Berlin, which area in consequence of the Soviet area of the city having suffered the greatest destruction, will be formed out of the US and UK areas of greater Berlin, should be referred for consideration to the Control Council in Berlin.”

This formula has also been referred to UK and French Delegations. EAC meeting July 12, 4 p.m.

Mosely’s immediate personal comment to acting Soviet representative3 was that US formula4 is more practical since it does not attempt [Page 602] in absence of specific information and recommendations re division of Berlin to decide in advance whether formation of French area will require adjustments in two or three of present areas. Mosely also made clear that US delegation not authorized to accept new Soviet formula.

  1. The gist of this message was included in telegram No. 19 of July 12 from Grew to Byrnes (file No. 740.00119 Potsdam/7–1245).
  2. Document No. 410.
  3. Georgy Filippovich Saksin.
  4. See the final sentence of the draft report quoted in document No. 407.