740.00119 Potsdam/8–145

No. 1052
Proposal by the British Delegation1


It was agreed2 that the British and American Commanders would provide 40,000 tons of food a month and 2,400 tons of coal a day for the British and American Zones in Berlin for thirty days running from July 15th. Pending the establishment of an agreement for the instalments of commodities to be made available by the Soviet Government under paragraph 4 (a) of the Reparations Agreement,3 the Control Council should be instructed to draw up immediately a programme of the food, coal and fuel which will need to be imported during the next six months into the Greater Berlin area to bring the standard of the whole of the population of that area up to an agreed level. These amounts will be furnished by the Soviet Government to the Greater Berlin area as an advance delivery under paragraph 4 (a) of the Reparations Agreement.

  1. This paper bears the following manuscript notation by Yost: “Br[itish] Proposal presented to Conference Aug[ust] 1. Stalin asked for time to study”. See ante, pp. 570571.
  2. See vol. i, document No. 433.
  3. See document No. 1383, section iii.