Proposal by the United States
German External Assets
The United States believes it important that immediate action be taken to exercise control and the power of disposition over German external assets, particularly in neutral countries. This is necessary not only from the standpoint of security but also to preserve such assets for Allied objectives.
It is therefore urged that an appropriate declaration be issued by the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, and if possible France, assuming jurisdiction over such assets.[Page 962]
There are attached alternative forms of a declaration, one which would be issued by the Big Three, and the other which would be issued by the Big Three and France.
Following the issuance of such a declaration it is recommended that the Control Council issue a decree vesting German external assets.
- Attachment 5 to the summary of the Tenth Meeting of the Foreign Ministers, July 30. See ante, pp. 483, 498.↩
- Not attached to the source copy of document No. 1000. The text of attachment 2 here printed constitutes the only attachment to another copy of document No. 1000 (file No. 740.00119 (Potsdam)/7–3145).↩