Publication: The Daily Telegraph

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  • Title Germany: Russia Seeks Concession
  • Author From Our Own Correspondents
  • Publication Title The Daily Telegraph
  • Collection The Daily Telegraph
  • Date Thursday,  Sept. 2, 1948
  • Issue Number 29076
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The Telegraph Media Group
  • Copyright Statement © Telegraph Media Group Limited.
GERMANY: RUSSIA SEEKS CONCESSION INTER-ZONAL TRADE ON BERLIN AGENDA MILITARY GOVERNORS MEET FOR 2i HOURS EXPERTS CONFER IN THREE COMMITTEES FROM OUR OIF A CORRESPONDENTS BERLIN, Wednesday. The four-Power discussions on Berlin— which are part of the talks in Moscow between the Western envoys and the Soviet Government —are now well under way. It is clear that the four Military Governors, and their Deputies and experts, are not only discussing Berlin's currency but the Russian blockade of the city as well. The two matters are, of course, interconnected. Probably the most interesting fact that emerged here to-day was that inter-zonal trade was being included in the talks. The Russians are ' extremely anxious that this trade should be resumed as soon as possible. This may be an advantage to the Western Allies since it is one matter on which the Russians are seeking concessions. Gen. Sir Brian Robertson, British Military Governor, Gen. Clay (American), Marshal Sokolovsky (Russian) and Gen. Koenig (French) met again this evening in the Allied Control Authority building in the American sector They were together y sector. for 2g hours. Their first meeting yesterday lasted only an hour. As they came away to-night, Gen. Clay said there would be another meeting to-morrow. Earlier to-day, three committees of experts representing the four Powers had met at the A.C.A. building. They discussed transport, inter-zonal trade and finance. The chairmanship of the meetings is being taken in rotation, acn. Kucuig officiated to-day. It is understood that Marshal Sokolovsky is to preside to-morrow. ATMOSPHERE OF TALKS Correct But Not Friendly There was no evidence of friendliness between the Russians and the Western Allies when to-night's meeting was ended. Not only did the Russians leave immediately but Gen. Robertson's face was stem and set as he walked out of the conference room a few. minutes later At the same time, it is possible that Marshal Sokolovsky and his colleagues were simply pursuing the normal Russian practice of maintaining strictly official relations with their Allies. . Mi*. Robert Murphy, political adviser to Gen. Clay, arrived only half an hour before the meeting broke up. He had down from Bonn, where he had attended the opening of the Parliamentary Council for Western Germany [see P61. He described the Bonn Council as "a very promising sho w indeed." SECRECY MAINTAINED Orders to Delegates Official secrecy is being kept about the scope and progress of the Berlin deliberations. Gen. Robertson has given orders that nobody attached to the British delegation must speak about the talks. Gen. Koenig has told his assistants that they would be regarded as having committed an offence against military law if they divulged any information. No statement on the results of the discussions in Berlin is likely to be issued from here. Any communique to be issued, I understand, will come from Moscow. It was emphasised to-da.y that the Military Governors and their expert advisers are in effect a technical subcommittee. Their task is to hammer out details of proposals made in the Moscow talks. . ^ A majority of the Berlin City Council to-night passed a resolution asking that they should take part in the Allied negotiations. There is little chance that this request will be granted. WEST MARKS SOLD Hoards Released The unloading of West marks by the Germans was greater to-day than yesterday. People who until two days ago were hoarding them as being much more valuable than East marks are now hastening to dispose of their holdings bceause of the probability that the West mark will shortly disappear from Berlin. Inevitably the West mark has lost much of its premium value as a result of the unloading. To-day's quotation at official exchange bureaux in the British seotor was 2.4 East marks for one West mark. Yesterday's quotation was 3.25 to one. a s A 5 D H p 5 h — p S c o n " t d i m r d b d E