740.00119 Council/2–2548: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom
640. Re Delsec 1567, Feb 23.1 Dept inclined agree alternative suggestion outlined para 2, urtel, provided this contemplates British and French agreement basic US position (a) that deliveries to Soviets will involve only 15% and will be made only against current exchange at equal value of commodities, and (b) and also US proposal for reexamination of dismantling lists. This alternative favored especially in view General Clay’s opinion that Soviets might be willing agree allocations on this basis. This position considered consistent with Cabinet discussions, it being understood that no final Cabinet decision will be taken pending outcome current tripartite discussions. Dept has preferred leave procedural questions for later consideration, feeling they could be readily resolved if basic agreement achieved.[Page 87]
Meaning para 4 urtel not clear. Dept understands that following tripartite agreement on new basis making deliveries to Soviets, three Western Zone Commanders wld attempt obtain Soviet agreement, and during course these negotiations Sovs would be fully apprized intention withhold 10% equipment.