740.00119 Control (Austria)/2–2246

The Department of State to the British Embassy


Reference is made to the British Embassy’s Aide-Mémoire of February 22, 1946 no. 1139/2/4629 regarding the resumption of navigation on the Danube.

The United States is willing to associate itself with the United Kingdom in parallel instructions to their respective Ambassadors in Moscow on the following points.

The re-establishment of the general principle of freedom of commerce and navigation on the Danube River on terms of entire equality to nationals, vessels of commerce and goods of all members of the United Nations.
The establishment of a provisional Danube Commission to be-composed of representatives of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United States, the United Kingdom and France in their respective roles as occupying powers together with such riparian governments as have been recognized by the four major powers.

The United States will immediately instruct its Ambassador to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in accordance with the foregoing.

The United States is not prepared to discuss the subject of a permanent international commission for the Danube at this time.

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