740.0011 EW (Peace)/8–2749
Memorandum of Conversation, by the Acting Director of the Office of German and Austrian Affairs (Murphy)
|Participants:||Sir Derick Hoyer Millar, British Embassy|
|Ambassador Robert Murphy, GA|
Sir Derick Hoyer Millar of the British Embassy called at his request and left with me the enclosed extract from a telegram from Mr. Bevin, dated August 26, regarding the Austrian Treaty. We discussed Mr. Bevin’s conversation with Ambassador Douglas, reported in London’s [Page 1125]3410 of 26 August.1 Hoyer Millar said that he would make it quite clear that there was every disposition here to achieve an early agreement on the Austrian Treaty, if possible, in London. He well appreciated the danger attached to that agreement which would risk formidable opposition to ratification in the Senate, as well as creating an economic and possibly strategic situation in Austria which would prove unbearable. Hoyer Millar said that he would try to dissipate any notion that might prevail in London that the Secretary was eager for a CFM meeting to discuss the Treaty.
I suggested to my visitor that it might be well at this stage to propose a prolongation of the London discussions by Deputies for an additional period of possibly two weeks. He said that he thought such a proposal would be well received in London and that it might be well to allow an additional period of time. He would telegraph London making such a suggestion. I have sent a telegram to Reber asking for his opinion.2
It is noted that in Mr. Bevin’s message suggestion is made that it was quite possible that if the Russians are satisfied we are really trying to get a treaty they may make some further concessions. It seems on the basis of the record, the Russians can have little doubt that we have manifested an excessive eagerness to obtain a treaty. Certainly on the basis of the record, the Russians can have little doubt that we really wish a treaty since the bulk of the initiative to get a treaty has been American.
I mentioned also to Hoyer Millar if the Deputies were given additional time for the London discussions that would not prevent steps to be taken in Moscow by the three Ambassadors, if necessary, in connection with Article 35 should it be found advisable to press for an on-the-spot examination of the oil exploration fields, refinery equipment, etc. Hoyer Millar said that he thought this was a good idea which he would mention to London and on balance felt that an additional four week period for the Deputies would be generally advisable.
- Not printed; in the conversation Bevin had reiterated his feeling that the treaty should be concluded as soon as possible, while Douglas had stressed that too generous concessions to the Soviet Union and the additional burden which would fall on the United States would make Senate ratification of the treaty unlikely. (711.41/8–2649)↩
- Under reference here is telegram 3088 (Audel 164), August 27, to London, not printed (740.00119 Council/8–2749).↩