740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–1548: Telegram

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


888. Yesterday at Frankfurt after regular fortnightly Bipartite Board meeting I attended final meeting Military Governors Conference. General Koenig came to Frankfurt for this purpose, meeting heaving on its agenda only approval of final report1 to be submitted to London Ambassadors Conference on Germany. Text of report with two minor amendments is as reported in mytel 859, of April 13.2 Copy of report was sent by air today to London is being mailed to Department.

[The portion of this telegram omitted here, dealing with a discussion of the Berlin situation, is printed on page 893.]

There was also a further discussion initiated by Koenig regarding General Clay’s paper on Constituent Assembly and establishment of Western German Government (see mytel 821, April 8 [9]3). He said that Paris found this paper a “good basis for discussion”. He was not authorized to commit his government, but could assure General Clay that there was much in the paper which was worthy of study and which should be used at London. The three military governors agreed that General Robertson in presenting his report to London meeting would add orally a reference to General Clay’s paper, with the suggestion that military governors consider contents of the paper as a useful basis for discussion. It is obvious from our discussion with French Delegation here that they do not wish to give offense to General Clay in view his strong feeling on this subject and yet their basic views on this question seem to remain unchanged. They hope that in one way or [Page 187] another London meeting will succeed in finding some compromise which will relieve them of a certain embarrassment this connection.

Sent Department 888, repeated personal for Douglas London 130, Paris personal for Caffery 163, Moscow for Smith 125.

  1. Supra.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Ante, p. 175.