740.00119 Control (Germany)/12–1348: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Douglas) to the Secretary of State

us urgent

5226. Bevin has just sent me word that subject to final approval by Ministers he is most anxious to hold an inter-governmental meeting on December 20 to settle any remaining points of difference on occupation statute which may exist after military governors have met on fifteenth and sixteenth. Bevin suggests meeting be held in London or Paris.

Foreign Office believes it should be possible to conclude meetings in three days, but that it is important to avoid delay which would result if meetings were postponed until after Xmas holiday period.1

  1. In telegram 5255, December 15, from London, not printed, Ambassador Douglas reported having been informed by Strang that the British continued to feel that a governmental level meeting to settle final points of the occupation statute would have to be held. The French were apparently agreeable to a meeting in London after Christmas. (740.00119 Control (Germany)/12–1548)