740.00119 Control (Germany)/8–2145: Telegram

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

317. Brit Aide-Mémoire of Aug 1524 notifies Dept that Brit Govt is instructing Brit CG in Germany to endeavor secure agreement as soon as possible in Control Council on representation of foreign countries in Germany. Dept wishes US representative on Control Council25 likewise to seek early decision on this subject by Control Council. Authority and guidance for US representative is contained in IPCOG 6/126 sent you in Instruction 114, July 1927 and sent CG, USFET28 by War Dept on July 21.

Brit propose to offer for negotiation in Control Council draft agreement circulated in EAC on July 27 as P57/7/45. This draft is [Page 1094] based on previous Brit memo circulated in EAC on May 2 as EAC (45) 47, copy of which was sent you with US comment in Instruction 114. Although in general agreement with Brit proposals, US views differ in several details. For your guidance consult London’s 365, June 14 to you,29 Deptels 60, July 430 and 135, July 19, and Instructions 114, July 19 and 172, Aug 14.31

Brit addition in draft agreement (P57/7/45) of Denmark as country entitled to representation by military mission is acceptable.

Brit draft agreement deals with representation both of chiefly interested United Nations by military missions and of other United Nations and neutral countries by civil agencies. If difficulties arise in negotiations regarding representation of other United Nations and neutral countries, we suggest that separate and prior agreement be sought on representation of chiefly interested United Nations by military missions and that invitations to appoint such missions be issued as soon as possible.

  1. British aide-mémoire not printed.
  2. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  3. See memorandum by the Informal Policy Committee on Germany, July 13, and footnote 17, p. 1089.
  4. Not printed.
  5. General Eisenhower, who in addition to his duties as Commander in Chief, United States Forces of Occupation in Germany, was also Commanding General, United States Forces, European Theater.
  6. Same as telegram 6034, June 14, from London, p. 1087.
  7. Not printed.
  8. Instructions 114 and 172 not printed. Instruction 172 transmitted a copy of a memorandum from the Belgian Ambassador, dated July 6, 1945, dealing with the designation of a head of the Belgian military mission to the Allied Control Council for Germany (740.00119 Control (Germany)/7–645).