740.00119 Council/2–2047: Telegram

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


1154. Delsec 1255 from Murphy.81a Brazil, in presenting its views on Germany and Austria, complains because it was not invited to participate in the Paris Conference on Reparations and that the German assets over which it has jurisdiction and which, according to a note from the Govts of France, the US and UK in September 1946, is authorized to liquidate and use for purposes of reparations, will not be sufficient to compensate Brazil in the same proportion as countries participating in Paris will receive. For this reason, Brazil asks to participate in the sharing of assets situated in Germany which will be used for reparations purposes.

It is my understanding that the US undertook to make satisfactory arrangements with Brazil in the matter of reparations outside the scope of the Paris Act.82 Hence, this complaint of Brazil which is addressed to the four countries participating here is in fact a complaint that Brazil is not receiving proper treatment from the US. Dept’s comment would be appreciated.

Repeated Rio de Janeiro 4. [Murphy.]

  1. Robert D. Murphy, U.S. Political Adviser for Germany.
  2. See the multilateral agreement of January 14, 1946, Department of State Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 1655, or 61 Stat. (pt. 3) 3157; for documentation on the subject, see Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. ix, pp. 650 ff.