The Acting Secretary of State to the United States Political Adviser for Germany (Murphy)

1152. Recommendation urtel 1195, Dec 7 being considered in connection with meeting quadripartite Reparation Commission to take place after current Paris conference.27

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Disturbed at apparent failure of occupying authorities to implement first charge principle. Request more detailed reply to questions in para 1 of Deptel 971, Nov 29. Are not British and French collecting for coal exports or are they simply presenting bills which are unpaid by recipient countries? Can you supply any statistics at all on exports from each of three western zones since Aug 1? Your recommendation on measures to implement first charge principle requested.

Hope OMGUS views on Deptel 971 available soon.

  1. Reference is to the conference held in Paris, November 9–December 21, 1945, concerning disposition of German reparations, which established the Inter-Allied Reparation Agency (IARA); see pp. 1357 ff., passim. At this time, the Final Act had been agreed upon, but had not yet received sufficient signatures to bring it into effect.