740.00119 Control (Germany)/12–749: Telegram

The United States High Commissioner for Germany ( McCloy ) to the Secretary of State


60. From USDel IAR Düsseldorf. Mytel 7 December 6,1 letter proposed by De Jean to be sent by chairman of High Commission to [Page 502] Adenauer adopted by Council IAR and forwarded to High Commission. Text follows:

“I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Allied High Commission has acquainted the International Authority for the Ruhr and the participating governments with the request of the Federal Government of Germany for admission to the International Authority for the Ruhr, as envisaged in paragraph two of the Petersberg agreement of 22 November 1949.2

The Ruhr Authority and the governments represented on the Council will be very happy to welcome the representative of the Federal Government to the Council. They understand that in sending a representative to the Council of the Authority the government of the Federal Republic of Germany accedes to the agreement of 28 April 1949 and assumes all the rights and all the responsibilities arising thereunder for Germany.

I would be grateful if Your Excellency would confirm to me that such is the intention of the Federal Government, and I am at the disposal of Your Excellency to communicate to the International Authority for the Ruhr, the name of the representative the Federal Government will designate.”3

Repeated Frankfort 63, London 32, Paris 29.

  1. Not printed; in it Parkman reported on the discussion of various topics by representatives of the IAR at a dinner in Düsseldorf. Inter alia they agreed to draft a letter to Adenauer which would state clearly the assumption of responsibilities by the “German Federal Republic,” and would necessitate explicit confirmation by the Chancellor for accession to the agreement (740.00119 Control (Germany/12–649)
  2. Ante, p. 343.
  3. At its sixth meeting, December 6, the IAR Council adopted this draft text. Parkman agreed to the draft but expressed the United States feeling that Germany should be clearly and unequivocally bound by its own act, as any of the signatory powers were. (Telegram 61, December 7, from Bonn, not printed, 740.00119 Control (Germany)/12–749)