Frankfurt USPolAd Files—500 Potsdam Conference

No. 872
Proposal by the Soviet Delegation1

Article 19 of “Economic Principles”

19. After payment of Reparations enough resources must be left to enable the German people to subsist without external assistance. In working out the economic balance of Germany the necessary means must be provided for payment for imports approved by the Control Council. In case the means are insufficient to pay simultaneously on reparations account and for approved imports all kinds of deliveries (internal consumption, exports, reparations) have to be proportionally reduced.

  1. This is apparently the first Soviet draft on this subject presented at the Sixth Meeting of the Foreign Ministers, July 23. See ante, p. 279. It bears the following manuscript notation by Murphy: “Submitted by Molotov July 23”.