710.00119 Potsdam/8–745: Telegram

No. 1406
The Ambassador in France ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

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4770. The following is a translation of note dated August 7 handed me by Bidault this evening (my 4769, August 71).

Mr. Ambassador, in reply to your communication of August l2 concerning the transfers to Germany of German minority populations which are still in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, I have the honor to inform you that the French Government has taken note of the arrangement agreed to on this subject by the American, British and Soviet Governments and of which you have communicated to me the text.

The French Government raises no objections against the principle of these transfers. It is evident, on the other hand, that a considerable increase in the population in the different zones can, in the present circumstances, make more difficult the task of the control authorities.

Given the complexity of the problem, the French Government which has not yet received detailed information, is not actually in a position to take a definite fixed position on the subject.

Caffery