Editorial Note

After further discussions the three Governments reached agreement in London on March 31 on the text of an agreement concerning prohibited and limited industries in the United States, United Kingdom and French Occupied Areas of Germany. For the text as promulgated on April 13 by the three Military Governors, see Germany 1947–1949, pages 366 ff. Documentation on the final negotiations is in file 740.00119 [Page 592] EW/3–2449 through 3–3149 and in the London Post File, Lot 58F47, Box 1394: 236 Reparations.

On March 31 Kirkpatrick, Massigli, and Douglas also reached agreement on the questions raised by the Humphrey Report. For the text of “Retention in Germany or Removal as Reparations of German Industrial Plants: Agreement Between the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France, Signed at London March 31, 1949, Entered Into Force April 8, 1949,” see Department of State, Treaties and Other International Acts Series No. 2142, or 63 Stat. (pt. 3) 2901. The agreement was approved by the three Foreign Ministers in Washington on April 8, and it entered into force on that date. For the text of an announcement by the Department of State on April 13, describing the negotiation and terms of the agreement, see Germany 1947–1949, pages 425 ff.