Editorial Note

On June 21, 1947, Lieutenant General Keyes and Austrian Chancellor Figl signed in Vienna an agreement regarding the settlement for war accounts and claims incident to the operations of the United States Forces in Austria during the period April 9, 1945, to June 30, 1947, and an agreement concerning the payment of the United States occupation costs. These agreements were negotiated during early June by officers of the United States Forces in Austria, with the assistance of experts from the War and Treasury Departments and with the participation of members of the Legation in Vienna. Texts of the two agreements, as given to the Allied Council for Austria by the Austrian Government, were transmitted to the Department as enclosures to despatch 3257, July 9, 1947, not printed (740.00119 Control(Austria)/7–947). In a statement issued to the press on June 23, 1947, the Department of State explained the new agreement with Austria regarding occupation costs; for text, see Department of State Bulletin, July 6, 1967, page 45.

On June 25, 1947, the United States and Austria concluded in Vienna a Relief Agreement under which the United States Government undertook to provide Austria with relief assistance under the [Page 1185]authorization provided in Public Law 84, 80th Congress, May 31, 1947; for the text of the agreement, see Department of State Bulletin, July 6, 1947, pages 39–41.