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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Germany,   pp. 319-405 PDF (32.6 MB)


Page 349


W. Bonynge, and his legal adviser, Mr. Harold H. Martin, to Ger-
many. The American plenipotentiaries did not take advantage of
the opportunity to call at the Foreign Office. But in Munich they
held discussions with Captain von Pfeffer,36 the results of which are
set down in various documents that were exchanged during the days
from July 1st to 10th, 1936.
  During the discussions conducted at Munich, a settlement of the
proposal for re-opening [the case] ,7 submitted to the Mixed Commis-
sion by the parties complaining of sabotage, was contemplated, where-
by the Commission was to promise them certain sums the numerical
amount of which was, however, not yet determined. It was to be the
prerequisite for such a settlement that it was to be the first step in a
thorough-going improvement in the relations between the two coun-
tries and that it was by no means to be made to appear as if the German
Government were willing to accept any responsibility whatever for
the claims made in the complaint. The aim striven for therein was to
settle definitively all claims cases still pending before the Mixed Com-
mission, so that an end could be made to that whole matter.
  As far as the proceedings before the Commission are concerned, the
sole importance of the result of the discussions conducted in Munich
was that of forming the preparation of a basis for official steps, which
the German Government could, if necessary, cause to be taken before
the Commission by its Agent.
  To the regret of the German Government, it has, however, been
found in the meantime that by the course contemplated the prerequi-
sites of the settlement could not be fulfilled nor could the desired goal
be attained. Among other things, a number of holders of awards
made previously by the Commission have protested to the American
Government against the outcome of the Munich discussions. The
American Government has directed its Agent to submit this protest
to the Commission and to agree to the proposals in which the inter-
venors requested a hearing before the Commission. Thus there is no
assurance that the ending of the Commission proceedings will be
reached in the way contemplated at Munich. Rather must it be taken
into account that the Commission proceedings will possibly be con-
tinued in the form of a suit between the parties complaining of
sabotage and their opponents.
  In view of this state of affairs, the German Government does not
intend to continue on the course the way for which was opened by
the discussions conducted at Munich, and direct its Agent to get into
Hauptmann von Pfeffer, German Special Agent; for account of the discus-
sions, see Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, pp. 266 fif.
" Brackets appear in the file translation.
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