840.6362/9–2446: Telegram

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


2245. Committee of Coal Experts having been again unable to reach agreement on principles of allocation, 79th meeting of Coordinating Committee discussed question further on September 23 (2119 and 2120 September 10). Discussion served to clarify basic differences of opinion. While three western powers are willing to agree to quadripartite allocation of all coal mined in Germany, Soviets maintain that each zonal commander must first deduct needs of his occupying forces and authorities following which balance of coal produced in his zone will be available for quadripartite allocation. Soviets stated they are willing to agree to quadripartite allocation of all coal produced only if there is also quadripartite planning of coal production throughout Germany. Coordinating Committee agrees to inform CFM of above after reporting to Control Council.17

Repeat to Moscow as 282; Paris for Matthews as 299; London as 337.

  1. The Allied Control Council, at its 41st meeting, September 30, merely took note of the failure of the Coordinating Committee to agree on coal allocations, the report on which was being forwarded to the Council of Foreign Ministers. This information was sent to the Department in telegram 2281, September 30, from Berlin (740.00119 Control (Germany)/9–3046).