WASHINGTON (May. 15)
High Commissioner John J. McCloy has made representations at Bonn on behalf of a mutually satisfactory settlement of Israel-German negotiations, it was learned today.
State Department sources previously made known that the American Government regards Germany under a moral obligation to see the negotiations through to a successful conclusion and that the U.S. is anxious for this to occur. Government officials expect that the coming week will furnish evidence to show whether or not Germany has any real intention of making amends.
The British Government, according to Washington officials, has adopted a position similar to that of the State Department. The British are sympathetic toward a successful solution of the claims question. The French Government is believed to hold a similar view. An Israel note, explaining the background for Israel’s claims, was presented on March 12, 1951, to the U.S. Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union neither replied to the note nor acknowledged it.