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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The British Commonwealth; Europe

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   I trust you will agree with me as to the urgency of arriving at an
 interdepartmental position on the host of complicated issues raised by
 these problems. I should appreciate it if you would designate someone
 on your staff to work with representatives of the Department of State.
 I have appointed Mr. Charles H. Bonesteel to coordinate work within
 the Department of State on the problems of European Recovery.
 It seems to me essential to have a first meeting toward the end of
 next week to discuss the problems presented in the three documents
 enclosed with this letter.
 In addition to your views on the substantive issues, I should very
 much appreciate your guidance on questions of procedure, particularly
 on the time and manner of getting the views of the members of the
 Non-Partisan Committee on Foreign Aid (Harriman Committee) and
 those of the Congressional leaders.
 At your request these matters are being handled for the time being
 on a Top Secret basis.
 Faithfully yours,                           [ROBERT A. LovErr]
 840.50 Recovery/ 8-3147: Telegram
    The Amibassador in France (Caffery) to the Secretary of State
TOP SECRET                        PARIS, August 31, 1947-1 p. m.
  3543. For the Secretary and Lovett from Clayton. With reference
to your 3201 August 26 and Caffery's 3489 August 28,1 Ambassadors
Caffery and Douglas and I spent Friday and Saturday morning with
Kennan and Bonesteel in a comprehensive review of the Paris Con-
ference. This mutual exchange of ideas was most helpful and enabled
us to agree on a common position which we stated orally to the Con-
ference's Executive Committee yesterday afternoon.
  Following is a brief digest of discussions in a three hour meeting
with the Committee:
1. Introductory remarks:
  We have now had an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the
general work of this Conference and to review the reports of its com-
mittees. We believe that these reports represent a valuable contribu-
tion and provide a basis upon which its work might be carried
  Nevertheless, the conclusions of the Conference as reported to us are,
in our opinion, disappointing and. might, if formally advanced,
prejudice the success of the entire Marshall program.
  Neither printed.

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