740.00119 Control (Germany)/2–1749: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in France

top secret
us urgent

512.1 Personal for the Amb. Request you give strong and urgent support to Brit Amb with view to persuading Schuman that SC consideration neutral experts report be treated as outlined Deptel 4772 to Paris so as to permit introduction Western mark Mar 10 (London’s 109 to Paris3). As regards need introduction B mark Mar 10, we completely agree with Clay’s and Robertson’s position reported Berlin’s 98 to Paris.4 Koenig’s request for delay based on assumption that US counter-proposal would be pressed in SC discussion, but for reasons given both by Brit and by Dept we feel such discussion would be inadvisable and we are confirmed in this view by preliminary examination experts report.

Re Brit views in London’s 109, we do not know whether it will be possible to prevent publication experts report indefinitely but we have assurances that report will not be published until we have full opportunity to consider it. Suggest matter of publication be handled in NY by Western Dels UN.

Re our proposal in second sentence numbered para 1 Deptel 477, we reserve our position on this point but agree with Brit it need not be mentioned to Fr at this time. We do not understand London’s reference to page 2 Deptel 536 (477 to Paris), but if this relates to development our counter-proposal in event it is impossible to forestall SC consideration of report, we agree this step should only be considered at present as possible defensive measure.

  1. Repeated to New York as 89, London as 573, and Berlin as 202.
  2. Same as telegram 85, February 15, p. 673.
  3. Not printed; in it Douglas reported that the British wanted to prevent the publication of the Technical Committee’s report and to press the French to agree to the introduction of the Western mark in Berlin. (740.00119 Control (Germany)/2–1749)
  4. Same as telegram 249, supra.