740.00119 Control (Germany)/9–2945: Telegram

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

649. Refer to my No. 597, September 23, 5 p.m. and my No. 638 September 28, 2 p.m. concerning the last two meetings of the Coordinating Committee at which General Clay has taken a strong stand against the French point of view on the establishment of a central administration of transport. This matter will receive final consideration in the Council meeting on Monday, October 1. General Clay has telegraphed the War Department, dated September 24,21 that if the French still refuse agreement on this matter he deems it essential to set up interzonal machinery with the British and Russians, and requesting authorization to do so. He believes this arrangement would be effective. General Clay fears that unless central machinery is established promptly, it will have to be established in the United States zone alone, thus creating a new artificial political unit. He is afraid this may lead to actual dismemberment.

  1. Telegram CC–16567, not printed.