Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State
|Sir John Balfour, British Chargé d’Aflfaires|
|Sir John Magowan, Minister, British Embassy|
Sir John Balfour called this morning at his request and left with me the attached aide-mémoire2 and annexes concerning the British financial position. He emphasized the importance which his Government attaches to the subject and proceeded to read aloud most of the aide-mémoire.
He then said that he had been instructed to tell me orally that his Government considered this as an informal approach and not the formal notification envisaged in Article 12 of the Anglo-American Financial Agreement. Under that article either the British or American Government reserves the right to initiate formal consultation if it finds itself unable to comply with the provisions of the Agreement. He had also been instructed to say that should this Government consider such an approach desirable the British Government would consider taking the formal step called for by Article 12. Sir John Magowan then read the text of Article 12.
Mr. Balfour asked if there was any word which I would like him to communicate to Mr. Bevin. I said that I would wish to study his aide-mémoire first and that there was nothing which I wished to say at this time.
- H. Freeman Matthews, Director, Office of European Affairs, until July 21, 1947.↩
- On the previous evening, Sir John Balfour gave to Charles E. Bohlen, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, an advance copy of the message which Foreign Secretary Bevin wished delivered to Secretary Marshall. The message is substantially the same as the aide-mémoire. (841.51/7–2847)↩
- This aide-mémoire and its enclosures are in Lot 56 D 510, Box 17.↩
- For text of speech, see p. 237.↩
- Memoranda of conversations covering these meetings held June 24–26 in London are printed on pages 268 to 294.↩
- Not printed.↩
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- Reference here is to the tables mentioned in Ambassador Douglas’ letter to Secretary Marshall of June 25 (see footnote 2, p. 27) and to other financial information supplied to the American Embassy.↩