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Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
(1959)

Letter from Premier Khrushchev to President Eisenhower, on the question of a summit meeting, June 11, 1958,   pp. 281-290 PDF (4.6 MB)


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284           DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59
Likewise, who can deny that- reaching agreement on such questions
as renunciation of the use of all types of nuclear weapons, conclu-
sion of an non-aggression past between the parties to the Warsaw
Treaty and the North Atlantic Alliance, and creation in Central
Europe of a zone free of nuclear and rocket weapons would result
in easing international tension and would be an important step toward
the solution of the disarmament problem as a whole?
Is it not in the interests of all countries that propaganda for war
should cease, a propaganda which in certain states is conducted day
in and day out, thus poisoning the relations between states?
And would it not be sensible to discuss such a question as the free
development of trade and of other economic relations between states
and mutually advantageous ways of considerably broadening such
relations? I believe that the business circles in many countries,
including the United States of America, would agree that it would be
extremely useful to solve this problem. My views on this matter were
set forth in greater detail in my letter addressed to you on June 2.
I believe that I am not mistaken in stating that by now few peo-
ple could be found who would have the audacity to deny that reaching
agreement on the questions proposed by us for consideration at a
summit conference would correspond to the vital interests of every
country and every people.
As you know, Mr. President, in the proposals handed to your Am-
bassador in Moscow on May 5 the Soviet Government set forth its
views on the questions that might be discussed at the said conference.
We did this in order to facilitate reaching agreement to convene the
conference. In so- doing we also took into account the views ex-
pressed by the governments of the Western Powers, primarily by the
Government of the USA, in the course of the exchange of opinions
concerning the preparation of the meeting. I am enclosing with this
message the text 1 of these proposals of the Soviet Government.
In introducing its proposals for the agenda of a meeting of heads
of government, the Soviet Union has stated from the very beginning
that it is prepared to consider, with common consent, other proposals
as well that would contribute to terminating the "cold war" and
the
armaments race. On the other hand, I shall like to emphasize very
definitely that if the Western powers are not prepared to seek a solu-
tion at this time to all the questions proposed by the Soviet Union
for discussion at the conference, then some of them could be selected
and agreement could be reached on them, which would facilitate our
further progress toward strengthening peace.
We expected that the governments of the USA, the United King-
dom, and France would consider the proposals of the Soviet Union
with due attention and would determine their attitude toward them,
and also that they would, on their part, be concerned with narrowing
to the greatest possible extent the gap between the positions of the
parties and facilitating the preparation of the conference. However,
after studying the documents recently received from the three Powers
in reply to the proposals made by the Soviet Government on May 5,
we have discovered, to our profound regret, that in these documents
questions are again raised which do not bring the possibility of agree-
ment any closer but rather make it more remote and which we have
repeatedly and clearly stated to be unacceptable to us. We ask our-
2 Not printed here.


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