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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. Eastern Europe; The Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia,   pp. 196-255 PDF (23.1 MB)

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  I hope that upon Colonel Palecek's 3 return to Berlin (CC 8341
Mar 124) ensuing negotiations will take into account necessities im-
posed on Czecho by reason its geographic location as well as prefer-
ential position it occupied in transportation and port system      of
Weimar Republic. Maintenance of principles underlying historic ties
between Czecho and West is important in furthering our current dip-
lomatic policy. I recognize that adjustments must be made in adapting
historic relations between Czecho and Central European transporta-
tion system to current budgetary requirements 'and to principles
adopted in quadripartite agreements. I trust, however, that all possible
ways will be examined to offset required payments and to enable
Czechs, with their depleted dollar resources, to continue and to develop
their transit trade with West.5
  Sent to Berlin as 646; repeated to London as 1325; ,to Paris as 1097;
to Praha as 260; and to Moscow as 658 Moskco 28 for Murphy.
  General Pala6ek, the Chief of the Czechoslovak Military Mission to the
Allied Control Authority for Germany, who was replaced at the beginning of
April by Gen. Franti~ek Dastich.
  'Not printed.
  Following discussions between Ambassador Steinhardt and General Clay
and his advisers in Berlin at the beginning of May, negotiations were begun
Praha with Czechoslovak authorities for the final settlement of past and
transit charges for Czechoslovak freight crossing the United States zone
occupation in Germany. In June agreement was reached under which the Czecho-
slovak Government was to pay $5,000,000 for the final settlement of all transit
charges for transportation services through the American zone from the end
the war to March 1, 1947. The settlement for subsequent transit charges was
worked out in connection with the agreement on trade and commercial relations
between the joint United States-United Kingdom zones of occupation and Czecho-
slovakia which was signed in Praha on July 29, 1947.
860F.00/4-347: Telegram
The Ambassador in Czechoslovakia (Steinhardt) to the Secretary
                              of State
SECRET                                  PRAHA, April 3, 1947-9 'a. m.
  311. The following is resume -of information gleaned since my re-
turn 1 from conversations with Masaryk and this morning with
President Benes.
  1. There has been no direct intervention by the Soviet Government
in Czech affairs other than the Soviet request for the recent Czech-
Polish treaty.2
  1 During February and March 1947, Ambassador Steinhardt was in Washing-
ton on consultation. He returned to Praha on March 28.
  'During the visit of the Czechoslovak Delegation in Warsaw on the occasion
of the signing of the Polish-Czechoslovak Alliance of March 10, 197, Charge
Gerald Keith talked briefly with Foreign Minister Masaryk. Despatch 1294,

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