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Minutes of the Fifth Four-Power Preliminary Meeting on Questions of Organization and Admission, Held at San Francisco, April 30, 1945

[Informal Notes]

[Here follows list of names of participants, including members of delegations of the United States (5); United Kingdom (3); Soviet Union (5); and China (1).]

The meeting convened in the apartment of the Secretary at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco at 9:15 p.m. April 30, 1945.

The Secretary said that he had received from Mr. Dunn a report that the deputies of the four Foreign Ministers8 had agreed to recommend that the four Ministers approve the attached list of officerships of the commissions and committees.9

Dr. Soong indicated his agreement to the list.

Mr. Molotov said that something along that line might be acceptable, and to The Secretary’s question whether he would accept it, Mr. Molotov replied in the affirmative.

Mr. Eden said that he liked the list, but referred to the blank in the rapporteurship in the fourth commission and asked what would happen there. Mr. Molotov suggested thinking that matter over for a day, but agreed to the immediate submission of the report of the list with the blank. The Secretary stated that, because of general agreement among the four ministers, the list would be submitted to the Executive Committee and then to the Steering Committee in the hope that it would be accepted.

Mr. Eden suggested that the Plenary Session meeting on the afternoon of May 1 be reconvened to meet also in the evening in an effort to finish the statements of the various chairmen of delegations. General agreement was expressed and the recommendation was approved.

Mr. Molotov also suggested a Steering Committee meeting at 11:00 a.m. May 1. This was likewise agreed to.

Mr. Molotov referred to the importance of having the commissions commence their work. Mr. Dunn stated that it should be possible for them to organize on the morning of May 2.

The meeting adjourned with agreement that the calendar for the following day should be an Executive Committee meeting at 10:30 a.m., a Steering Committee meeting at 11:00 a.m., a Plenary Session at 3:30 p.m. and an additional sitting of the Plenary Session at 8:30 p.m.

  1. The Deputies of the four Foreign Ministers held meetings April 29, April 30, May 1 and 2; record of meetings not printed.
  2. Not printed.