The Impossible Peace: Britain, the Division of Germany and the Origins of the Cold War

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APPENDIX B *
CAB129/17 Extracts from C.P. (47) 68 20 February 1947

CABINET
MAIN SHORT-TERM PROBLEMS CONFRONTING US IN MOSCOW: SUMMARISED CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Memorandum by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1. I ask my colleagues to agree:-
(i) That we should resist any claims which may be put forward for current reparation deliveries either from Eastern or Western Germany.
(ii) That as a principal condition of economic unity we should obtain Russian agreement to bearing a reasonable share in the burden already borne and to be borne by the Occupying Powers in respect of relief imports and external costs of occupation of Germany as a whole.
(iii) The demand for reparations from current production should not be refused outright. It should, however, be made clear that it cannot be considered until Germany has established a favourable foreign exchange balance and has met the expenses incurred by the Occupying Powers.
(iv) That we should insist on an upward revision of the level of Industry Plan with a minimum steel production level of 10 million tons, the steel using industries being adjusted to a level appropriate to this steel output.
(v) That we should insist on associating the discussion of economic problems with the consideration of the future political structure of Germany.
(vi) That for the purpose of dealing with points raised in (i)-(iv) above we shall table, at the earliest opportunity in Moscow,
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*
Reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

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