855.001 Leopold/6–2145: Telegram

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

24. Content of Dept’s 2828, June 18, 8 p.m. has been communicated to SHAEF which had already instructed subordinate commands that no transportation for return to Belgium should be advanced locally to King Leopold and party and that any request for such transport must be referred to SHAEF for decision.

In recent discussions of this problem here I have advanced the opinion that it would be both desirable and practicable for SHAEF entirely to avoid any involvement in the matter since the Belgians are presumably in a position to provide air or motor transport for the King at any time they so wish.

May I have the Dept’s comments on this view (repeated to Brussels).