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The United States Political Adviser for Germany (Murphy) to the Acting Secretary of State


61. Main Committee Parliamentary Council has completed second reading draft provisional constitution with relatively minor changes. Principal controversial issues, notably question of tax control and financial administration, still await final solution. Party factions will meet next week in effort to reach compromise agreements and thereafter draft will be submitted to third reading.

Representatives all party groups at Bonn except Communists discussed yesterday case of KPD leader Max Reimann, now under indictment by British Military authorities for inciting resistance to Occupation Powers. Adenauer will discuss case with British Military Governor of North Rhine–Westphalia. General opinion expressed that regardless outcome of case Reimann can no longer participate in work of Parliamentary Council.

To Department as 61, repeated Berlin as 19.