740.00119 Control (Austria)/7–745: Telegram

No. 762
The Acting Secretary of State to the Political Adviser for Austrian Affairs (Erhardt)

36. Dept notes with interest Brit political directive regarding Austrian Govt in Caserta[’]s 2884 July 71 to Dept repeated to you.

While no corresponding directive has been issued by this Govt, Depts instruction 42 July 162 airmailed for your background information copy of a Departmental memo on question of recognition of an Austrian Govt satisfactory to Allied Govts.3 This memo was prepared for current meeting of heads of state and is not to be communicated as such to reps of other Govts. Its approach is different from Brit directive in that it recommends that as soon as Allied Commission [Page 662] is established and our reps are in position to consider the situation on the spot we give prompt consideration to recognition of Renner Govt, with any cabinet changes that may then appear appropriate, as a provisional Govt of Austria pending election and establishment of a representative Govt through democratic processes.

H[enry] P L[everich]