CFM Files: Lot M–88: Box 58
The Council of Foreign Ministers to the Allied Control Council for Germany
CFM (47) (M) 158
The General Secretariat of the Moscow session of the Council of Foreign Ministers has the honour to inform the Allied Control Council [Page 471] for Germany that the Council of Foreign Ministers at its 42nd meeting on April 23, 1947 approved with certain amendments the Report of the Deputies for Germany (doc. CFM/47/M/148).32 The amendments to the Report of the Deputies are set forth in Section I of the Provisional Record of Decisions of the 42nd meeting of the Council of Ministers33 which has been agreed upon by the Secretaries of the four Delegations.
As it follows from the abovementioned document the Council of Foreign Ministers has transmitted the agreed decisions with regard to demilitarization, denazification, democratisation, transfer of population and territorial reorganization to the Control Council for Germany as a directive for its guidance and action.
At its 42nd meeting the Council of Foreign Ministers has likewise adopted a decision with regard to the return of German prisoners of war to Germany. This decision is stated in doc. CFM/47/M/15334 (see Section III of the Provisional Record of Decisions of the 42nd meeting of the Council of Ministers).
At its 43rd meeting on April 24, 1947, the Council of Foreign Ministers took the following decision:
“Finding it necessary to limit the occupation forces in Germany the Council agreed to suggest that the Allied Control Council in Germany should consider this question and determine the size of armed forces of the USA, United Kingdom, France and the USSR in Germany as on September 1, 1947. The Control Council will report its decision to the Council of Foreign Ministers not later than June 1, 1947”.35
The General Secretariat has the honour to attach herewith the following documents: CFM/47/M/148, CFM/47/M/153 and the Provisional Record of Decisions of the Council of Ministers adopted at its 42nd meeting on April 23, 1947—two copies in Russian and French each and four copies in English. These documents have already been circulated in sufficient number to the four Delegations.
- Ante, p. 461.↩
- Ante, p. 381.↩
- For the text of the document under reference here, see footnote 27, p. 382.↩
- The concluding phrase of the first sentence, “as on September 1, 1947”, was not included in the provisional Record of Decisions of the Council’s 43rd Meeting, April 24, 1947, Item IV, p. 386, which this paragraph quotes. Nor was the phrase included in this document as originally transmitted to the Allied Control Council. As a result of a request by the United States, this phrase was added as a corrigendum to this document, dated May 28, 1947.↩