United States Delegation Working
Memorandum by US Delegation
It is the view of the United States that a declaration should be issued by the Conferring Powers and by France to the effect that German external assets are subject to the jurisdiction of the Powers occupying Germany,2 and of the ACC, acting through the diplomatic representatives of the occupying Powers. Such a declaration would be of invaluable assistance in obtaining control over German external assets, especially those located in neutral countries and such countries as Turkey and Argentina. The declaration should be in such form that it may readily be adhered to by France and it should be presented to France with a view to joint issuance by the four occupying Powers.3 [Page 955]Should France demur, the declaration should be issued by the Conferring Powers alone, as an outgrowth of the Potsdam Conference.
- So dated in a manuscript notation which also contains Rubin’s initials.↩
- Another version of this memorandum in the Pauley Files, dated July 21, reads: “of the occupying Powers of Germany”.↩
- The version referred to in the preceding footnote reads: “by France and the U. S., U. K, and U. S. S. R.”↩
- These brackets and those in the following paragraph have been inserted in pencil on the source copy.↩