740.00119 Potsdam/6–1945

No. 921
Proposal by the Soviet Delegation

[Translation?]
secret

On Advance Deliveries From Germany

1.
Pending the establishment of a permanent allied reparation agency, advance deliveries (removals) should be based upon the urgency of need of suffered Nations [nations which have suffered?] for rehabilitation purposes and should be made as advance deliveries with subsequent accounting of these deliveries as reparations or restitution, or for purchase account of the recipient nations.
2.
With respect to advance deliveries of capital goods to all United Nations, the following procedure should be adopted:
a.
Immediate establishment of a sub-commission of the Allied Commission on Reparations to be situated in Berlin, and to be composed of representatives of the nations participating in the Allied Commission on Reparations. This sub-commission should keep in constant consultation [Page 865]with the Control Council and should keep the Control Council informed of all its activities.
b.
The Allied Commission on Reparations will transmit to its sub-commission a list of industries from which advance deliveries of equipment will be allowed.
c.
Advance deliveries (removals) of capital equipment from those industries up to an agreed percentage of the movable assets, expressed in physical terms, may be made upon the approval or recommendation of the sub-commission. Shipping documents covering such advance deliveries (removals) shall include notification to the receiving country that in the final accounting such deliveries (removals) may be deemed by the Allied Commission on Reparations to be on account of reparations or restitution.
d.
Each of the occupying powers may remove or permit to be removed from its zone of occupation plant and equipment from any industries in such list, subject to the following conditions:
(1)
With respect to any removal by an occupying power for its own account, the respective zone commander shall notify the sub-commission of the contemplated removal, giving the sub-commission2 an opportunity to enter such removal in the plan of advance deliveries.
(2)
With respect to any removal from the zone of one occupying power for the account of another United Nation (whether or not such United Nation be an occupying power) such removal shall only be permitted upon the approval or recommendation of the sub-commission.
3.
With respect to advance deliveries to all United Nations of raw materials out of current production or inventories, such deliveries may be made upon the approval or recommendation of the sub-commission on the basis of the need of the claimants after due regard to the supplies available and the requirements of the occupation forces. Shipping documents covering such advance deliveries shall include notification to the receiving country that in the final accounting such deliveries may be deemed by the Allied Commission on Reparations to be on (1) export account to be paid for in acceptable currencies, (2) reparation, or (3) restitution.
4.
Adequate and uniform accounting controls shall be instituted with respect to all deliveries effected under the above proposed plan.
5.
Claimant nations should be notified of the establishment of the foregoing procedures for effecting urgently needed advance deliveries.
6.
It shall be mutually agreed that each of the occupying powers shall submit, within six months of the date hereof, a statement of all property removed from Germany after the termination of war with Germany.
  1. Although another copy of this proposal (file No. 740.00119 Potsdam/8–245) is headed, “Soviet Proposal on Advance Deliveries From Germany—July 24, 1945”, this is apparently the paper circulated at the Sixth Meeting of the Foreign Ministers, July 23. See ante, p. 277.
  2. There is the following manuscript interpolation at this point on one copy found: “no veto”.