Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 50 (July 1946)
Press and radio comments, pp. 18-20 PDF (1.5 MB)
Mutual Compromise at Paris Hailed in Stateside Editorials Recent developments at the Paris meeting of foreign ministers have been evaluated by US newspapers and radio commentators as putting the world in a better position for solution of Europe's post-war problems. Comment generally underlines the value of agreement among Big Four foreign ministers, pointing out that it has been achieved through mutual compromise. Some papers stress that Russia appears to be acting in a more conciliatory manner, thus indicating better prospects for Western-Soviet re- lations in the whole international scene. The point is made that agreement on Trieste, as the key issue which had been blocking progress at Paris, opened the way for the subsequent agreement on 21-nation peace conference ... and the Italian re- paration problem. On the whole, there is approval of the Trieste solution, though some papers make the point that internation- alization under United Nations will succeed only if UN itself is strong. Two papers, The New York Times and Chicago Tribune. protest the Trieste agreement as not fol- lowing Atlantic Charter principles. The New York Herald Tribune said in part: "'The Powers have demonstrated that they are willing and able to work out arrangements with one another - a matter which seemed very much in doubt a few weeks ago..." "Specific agreements appear to bear no particular relevance to one another, but actually they do form a patterm. Primarily they mean that the Russians have abandoned, or at least reserved for the time being, those ambitions in the Mediterranean which were the most upsetting factor in earlier nego- tiations . .. 1, bra'3f Ui4.4v , "All in all, bargaiing at P if it did not result in ideal solutions anld~ s not on a particularly elevated plane, did produce a reasonable fair deal for all participants... the major difficulty (at the peace conference) will be to find some formula which will give smaller states a voice without letting them discrupt all the hard-won agreements already achieved among the Big-Four." The Baltimore Evening Sun: "Here is evidence once again that, granted patience to wait out delays and moods of intran- sigence and patience to negotiate, nations can harmonize their divergent positions and reach working compromises... "No nation got all of just what it wanted to see in draft proposals., but all of them were satisfied in the end to support formulas that finally emerged. The result should hasten overdue stabilization of Europe and should, besides, strengthen the general feeling of confidence in the great power's capacity to work and live together." Reasons for OPA Vefo Explained by Truman In a radio address to the nation President Truman reiterated the points made pre- viously in his OPA veto message explaining his reason for vetoing the bill and detailing inflationary dangers he saw in the measure. He again particularly singled out the Taft Amendment, which would have permitted manufacturers and producers to add all in- creases in costs to a profit margin as received during the base period in October, 1941. Specifying his 'most fundamental ob- jection" to the bill the President said: "I be- lieve in a profit system and desire that pro- fits should be ample to provide an incentive for full production. The Taft Amendment, however, provides for higher prices and higher profits even where production is al- ready going at full blast and profits are 18 V771 c !
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