740.00119 Council/8–249: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the United States Deputy for Austria at the Council of Foreign Ministers (Reber)
2715.1 Audel 113. Re Delau 198 July 292 we consider informal discussions by one Western Deputy with Zarubin desirable in endeavor to ascertain possibility of settlement at this time. We are in full concurrence with your view that Western position on Art. 35 should not be sacrificed as there is no positive indication that Sovs will agree other issues if claims are satisfied. Dept hopes that you can convince your Brit colleague that any compromise which would increase Aust obligation beyond point envisaged in Paris Agreement would seriously endanger Western policy in Aust in future. We do not consider that further concessions are called for on our part since Western states demonstrated their willingness to compromise by meeting Sov position on Ger assets at Paris conference.