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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1948. Eastern Europe; The Soviet Union
(1948)

Multilateral relations,   pp. 1-732 PDF (280.9 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 194 8:, VOLUME IV
Grady's telegram, that the Bureau of the Budget be requested to ear-
mark in the President's printed budget $200 million dollars for Greek
aid and that General Van Fleet be requested to submit requirements on
this drastically reduced basis with statement as to the effects to be
expected from this and lany further reductions. It was the consensus of
the meeting that there was justification for an increase over the current
yearly expenditure rate to replace British vehicles and other equip-
ment which has worn out or for which spare parts are not available,
and for which no provision was made in the FY 1949 budget because of
cut imposed by Congress. General Van Fleet has actually recommended
for this purpose $92 million dollars.
  The Turkish figure to be recommended to the Bureau of the Budget
is of a rather arbitrary nature, the argument for it following that
presented last year. It is recommended, however, that in view of the
greatly increased strategic importance of Turkey to the US, the De-
partment request the $100, million dollars recommended by Ambassador
Wadsworth be embodied in the President's printed budget.
                        RECOMIMENDATIONS
  1. Tlhat the Department recommend to the Bureau of the Budget
inclusion of $200 million for'Greek military laid in the President's
printed budget for FY 1950, and that Ambassador Grady be advised
of this decision and that he and General Van Fleet be requested to
present an alternate program on this basis, with indication of effect
of this and any further reductions. That Ambassador Grady and
General Van Fleet be advised that the basis for future Greek aid shall
be as given in the attached draft, which has been approved substan-
tially in this form by General Bradley.
  2. That the Department recommend to the Bureau of the Budget
inclusion of $100 million for Turkish military aid in the President's
printed budget for FY 1950, and that Ambassador Wadsworth and
General MoBride be requested to present a final statement of re-
quirements on this basis, together with indication of effect of any
reductions.'
                           CONCURRENCES
  GTI: Mr. Jernegan
  NEA: Mr. Satterthwaite
  'Marginal notations indicate that this memorandum was approved by the
Secretary of State and the Under Secretary of State. Mr. McGhee, in a letter
of
November 24, advised Alvin J. Roseman ;of the Bureau of the Budget that it
was
the Department's intention to submit a preliminary estimate of $300,000,000
for
the Greek-Turkish aid program appropriation for 1950, $200,000,000 for Greece
and $100,000,000 for Turkey (868.00/11-2448).


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