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week-end maims Great Territorial Issues To Be Determined N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, July 13 The Big Three will draft a new provisional map of Europe, says the Press Association diplomatic corres. pondent. They are likely to have their first informal gatherings before Sunday night and win be ready to start work on the long and complicated agenda by Monday. The Big Three and their' staffs will then open what will amount to a preliminary peace conference because a measure of agreetneai between the three Great Powers te an essential prerequisite to the European peace conference, which may be expected early in 1946. They must agree upon Germany's eastern frontiers in relation to Czech ana Polish claims and must consider the claims which Holland has already made for German territory as compensation for flooding! Further, they must consider the future of East Prussia. The Big Three must also consider the future of Austria, which at Teheran was promised independence. The long-standing problem of the Italian and Yugoslav boundary and also Balkan questions, will be other matters Which will demand attention. Italy's Future The British and American representatives will ascertain Russia's attitude towards a suggestion that Italy, having worked ner passage, should be granted a peace treaty. The most urgent problems before the conference will relate to control of Germany, regarding which the Big Three will try to evolve a common policy* The conference is expected todast at least a fortnight. The Daily Mail's Potsdam correspondent says that British, American and Russian transport pianes are now almost continuously bringing in experts, whose technical knowledge will be required by the Big Three. Hundreds of smart Russian sentries ard green-hatted Soviet seeiirity police have established a cofdOn around the forbidden area near Potsdam. The Foreign Secretary, Mr. Eden, and the leader of the ParliamentaryLabour party, Mr. Attlee, will be leaving for. the meeting almost immediately. Mr. Churchill is expected to fly direct. President Truman is expected at Antwerp on Sunday morfiihg; He will be the first United States President to visit western Europe for twenty years. Question of Greece Reuters Moscow correspondent reports that Russia is generally ex--1 pected to raise the question of Greece at the conference. A Russian hews agency message from New York states that the "Progressive Greek-American Council" has demanded that the Big Three take ub the question of forming a Greek Government representing all the democratic elements throughout the country. The principal Moscow newspapers publish reports of att anti-Russian' meeting in Athens on July 8, alleging that all the speeches were, full of hatred towards RUSsia, Yugoslavia, Albania and Bulgaria. The United States .Assistant Secretary of War, Mr. J. J. McOloy, said one of the most important United States objectives at the conference wiil be to obtain a Russiah. agreement for Opening transport and Communication facilities between the occupation zones in. Germany. Mr. McCloy emphasised the Urgency of breaking down the zone barriers, Which are preventing the flow of food and other commodities. On the eve of the Big Three meeting the French Ambassadors in London, Washington and Moscdw have beeh instructed to insist on the necessity for ending Geriftan sovereignty in the Ruhr, says a correspondent of the North American Newspaper Alliance. The United States, it is reported, favours the French plan for the establishing Of an international regime. Generalissimo Stalin is not likely to object, hence all remaining doubts are focused on the British Cabinet, which has not yet made up its mind on the proposal. Military Pageant Rehearsal Tanks and armoured cars of the British Seventh Armoured Division to-day paraded along the Chatlottenburger Strasse in an impressive rehearsal for grand inter-Allied military pageantry to be held during the Big Three Conference, says the. Associated Press correspondent in Berlin. GunS and selfpropelled tank destroyers headed a detachment of the Royal Navy, followed by the Grenadier Guards and Canadian Royal Air Force personnel, Major-General L. O. Lyne, the British military commander, took the salute from a flag-draped reviewing stand. only a few scattered German civilians watclied the spectacle. 1

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BIG THREE WILL RE-DRAFT EUROPE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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BIG THREE WILL RE-DRAFT EUROPE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945