Publication: The Times

Full Citation

  • Title Joint Control Of Germany
  • Author From Our Special Correspondent
  • Publication Title The Times
  • Collection The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008
  • Date Tuesday,  July 31, 1945
  • Issue Number 50208
  • Page Number 4
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Times Newspapers Limited
  • Copyright Statement © Times Newspapers Limited.
JOINT CONTROL OF GERMANY FIRST MEETING OF COUNCIL FRENCH SECTOR IN BERLIN AGREED From Our Special Correspondent BERLIN, JULY 30 Another meeting of the three heads of government was held at Potsdam to-day. No official announcement was made, but an indirect indication that the Berlin conference has reached definite conclusions on the intricate problems of Germany may be discerned in the fact that the Allied Control Council, holding its first formal meeting here this afternoon, has taken up its functions of occupation. It seems extremely unlikely that the four commanders of the allied zones would have received word, to go ahead if decisions were still pending at Potsdam. The council met with General Eisenhower in the chair at the former Luftivaffe headquarters at Zehlendorf, now taken over by the American Group Control Council. Field-Marshal Montgomery and NMarshal Zhukov represented Great Britain and Russia, and General Koenig sat as the French member. The deputies of the four members who will sit in Berlin as the council's coordinating committee were present together with the political advisers. The British deputy, it appears, was LieutenantGeneral Robertson. He is to succeed Lieutenant-General Sir Ronald Weeks, who is retiring for reasons of health. Field-Marshal Montgomery's political adviser is Sir William Strang. Apart from the French party most of those present have taken paI: in the deliberations -of the Berlin conference and are fully informed on' its decisions concerning Germany. Berlin at the moment presents a bewildering scene of related allied bodies which, from the Big Three at Potsdam to the Komwzaudarura, are concerned with the administration of Germany as a unified whole. TWO-HOUR TALKS Although a permanent headquarters is not yet ready Berlin has been established as the seat of allied government, and it will be for each member of the council to make his own staff arrangements, which must depend largely on the accommodation available. The bulk of the British control mechanism is likely to remain on the River Weser and the American on the River Main. For two hours the council discussed the physical means by which a body speaking three languages and controlling a country using a fourth language could set up the mechanics of government. Its decisions must be unanimous, and in the event of disagreement reference is to be made to the Governments. It was decided that meetings of the council will be held on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month, and the chairmanship will rotate every calendar month in alphabetical order of the four nations, beginning in August with General Eisenhower. The official announcement on the meeting states that the council noted with approval the arrangements reached for ihe allocation of a sector in greater Berlin to the French forces of occupation. No mention of the French sector has yet been made public apart from the assumption that it will be carved out of the British and American sectors, but this statement can only mean that agrcement has been reached, and it can have been reached only ai Potsda;L