Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State


Notes on Cabinet Meeting, Friday, January 23, 1948, 10 A. M.

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I referred again to the matter of dismantling of the plants for reparations, which was not completed at the previous meeting. Secretary Royall and I recommended the approval of the general outline for procedure covered in the memorandum of January 15.1 Secretaries Harriman and Krug opposed any dismantling whatsoever on grounds that appeared to be almost identical with those expressed in the Congressional questioning of Secretary Royall and which contained numerous inaccuracies in information. Secretary Royall carried the brunt of the discussion, which was thrown over to next week because of the shortage of time. I emphasized particularly that the matter should be taken up promptly with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and there was general agreement that this should be done.

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Robert A. Lovett
  1. Ante, p. 708.