862.6362/3–2146: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Gallman) to the Secretary of State


3233. Interim reply now received from Bevin64 to Ambassador’s letter based on Deptel 11096, Dec 2765 with apologies for delay. He [Page 770]states he has been informed French have appointed civilian coal adviser66 but understands Russians have not been willing to appoint one. He states British Govt has been in considerable doubt whether similar appointment for British zone would be of real assistance inasmuch as until recently limiting factor on coal exports to liberated areas had been transport rather than production. He continues that measures taken by ECITO67 appear to have been most successful in removing transport difficulties, that British Govt is now giving further consideration to our proposal and that he hopes to give us further reply in near future. He concludes by expressing apprehension that present food situation in Germany will provide new limiting factor on production.

  1. Ernest Bevin, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
  2. Not printed; this telegram was the same, mutatis mutandis, as telegram 6047 to Paris, cited in footnote 55, p. 766.
  3. The French Government had formally accepted the proposal for appointment of zonal coal advisers on February 19, as reported to the Department in telegram 803, February 19, from Paris, not printed (862.6362/2–1946).
  4. For documentation relating to U. S. participation in the European Central Inland Transport Organization, see Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. ii, pp. 1389 ff.