800.4016 DP/5–1646: Telegram

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


292. Reference final paragraph your [London’s?] 333, April 15, 10 p.m. to Berlin.

G–5 Section, USFET, states under present arrangement provision is made for any accredited Soviet repatriation representative to enter displaced persons assembly centers other than wholly Soviet with the privilege of explaining to, discussing with and persuading with Baltic nationals and persons of doubtful citizenship in matters of repatriation under arrangements excluding the use of force, threat or coercion and which will not incite disorder or dissatisfaction.

Provision also exists for authorization of military commanders to permit Soviet repatriation representatives to have access to persons not specified above who are claimed to be Soviet citizens by the Soviet Union, for the purpose of persuading them to return to their homes under practical arrangements which exclude the use of force, threat or coercion.

In view of recent incidents in which Soviet officers have been assaulted, and in one case attacked, the preceding provisions have been [Page 164] amended to provide that US officers must accompany Soviet officers in every case when entering a displaced persons assembly center other than wholly Soviet.

Sent London as 27, repeated to Department as 292.