740.00119 Control (Germany)/11–1348: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom

us urgent

4310. ToRuhr 4. Re points of difference with OMGUS Ruhrto 5.1

Dept and ECA concur your proposal avoid discussion OEEC relationship until Nelson arrives and views other delegations known. We will try defer discussion with Army until you report views other delegations and outcome further talks with OMGUS.
Dept and ECA regard as of great importance position that US membership on Authority is governmental representation expressing total US interest. This position no reflection Military Governor. Matter being taken up with Army at high level. ECA invited join these discussions. Neither Reber, Martin, nor Wisner has any recollection discussion this point in London talks last Spring.
Re type of agreement. While compromise not foreclosed, Dept concurs desirability initial approach along lines Washington draft which makes clear as far as possible obligations occupying powers and German Government. Experience in drawing up US draft on basis Annex C demonstrated vagueness and ambiguity latter document and necessity for precise language to avoid later misunderstanding.
Dept agrees OMGUS suggestion provisional German Govt as soon as established have right designate own representative. However, as concession to French, side understanding this point may be preferable, retaining present language Washington draft for agreement. Decision as between latter suggestion and OMGUS proposal left your discretion depending on assessment French reaction.
  1. Not printed, but see footnote 2 to message FMPC–1008, November 15, from Frankfurt, p. 498.