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(1959)

Note from Soviet Foreign Ministry to the American Embassy, proposing German peace negotiations, September 18, 1958,   pp. 301-303 PDF (1.3 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-5 9
Aide-Memoire from the Foreign Ministry of the German Federal
Republic to the American Embassy, Proposing International
Negotiations on German Reunification, September 9, 19581
The German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) at its meeting July 2,
1958, unanimously passed the following resolution, which was en-
dorsed by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) at its meeting
July 18, 1958:
In order to promote the reestablishment of German unity, the Fed-
eral Government is herewith directed to request the four powers,
France, the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, the United Kingdom,
and the United States, to set up, either at a future international con-
ference (summit conference) or independently thereof, a four-power
group (at least at the level of an ambassadors' conference) with a
mandate to prepare joint proposals for the solution of the German
problem.
The Federal Government shares the desire expressed in the Bundes-
tag resolution, that a group of the four powers responsible for the
solution of the German problem be set up either at a future interna-
tional conference (summit conference) or independently thereof. It
hopes that this group will study proposals concerning the reestablish-
ment of German unity, and carry out the preparatory work necessary
for final negotiations to be held at a later date.
In compliance with the mandate given to it by the Bundestag and the
Bundesrat, and in view of the talks in preparation for an international
conference which have been taking place in Moscow between repre-
sentatives of the four powers responsible for the reunification of
Germany, the Federal Government begs to direct the attention of the
Government of the United States of America to the desire expressed
in the above resolution.
Note from the Soviet Foreign Ministry to the American Embassy,
Proposing German Peace Negotiations, September 18,1958 2
[Unofficial translation]
The Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics pre-
sents its compliments to the Government of the United States of
America and considers it necessary to transmit the following for its
information.
On 5 September of this year the Soviet Government received the
note of the Government of the German Democratic Republic in
which disquiet is expressed in connection with the impermissibly
delayed preparation of a peace treaty with Germany. In the note a
proposal is advanced about the urgent creation of a commission of
representatives of the four great powers whose tasks would be the
carrying out of consultations about the preparation of a peace treaty
with Germany. As the Government of the G.D.R. communicated,
1 Department of State Bulletin, October 20, 1958. Identical aide-mdmoire
were delivered
on September 9, 1958 to the British, French, and Soviet Embassies at Bonn.
The United
States replied on September 30, 1958 (infra).
2 Department of SBtate Bulletin, October 20, 1958, pp. 616-617. Identical
notes were
dflivered on September 18, 1958 to the British and French Embassies. The
United States
replied on September 30 (infra).
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