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Letter from the American High Commissioner (McCloy) to the chairman of the Soviet Control Commission (Chuikov), on free elections, October 10, 1950, pp. 70-71 PDF (829.0 KB)
70 DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59 tion is attached (see Annex B), and I direct your attention especially to paragraph 1 thereof, which suggests that the four occupation pow- ers should assume the responsibility of framing an electoral law under which all-German elections might be conducted. My government would be prepared for me to share in the respon- sibility of framing an electoral law under which all-German elections, pointing toward the formation of an all-German Government in con- formity with the principles set forth in the attached statement of the Foreign Ministers, could be held. Should your government declare its acceptance of these principles and be willing to share such responsibility, it is the belief of my gov- ernment that any discussions on the subject should be conducted via the following principles: 1. Conversations would initially be undertaken at the level of the four Commissioners for the limited purpose of drafting an electoral law to implement the Federal Republic's proposal of free all-German elections for a National Constituent Assembly. The proposal to limit discussions to the framing of an electoral law proceeds from a belief that it is unrealistic to discuss or ar- range the desired peace settlement until it is established that a unified German. Government, freely elected, can be brought into being. 2. If agreerrnnt is reached on an ele-ctorali law, the wav would be clear for the drafting by the elected representatives of the German people of a constitution for all Germany, within the framework of the principles set forth in the attached statement of the Foreign Ministers, and for the emergency of an all-German Government. 3. A basis would thus be laid for the establishment of a four power commission which should exercise its reserved powers in such a way as to permit the German Government to function effectively. I would welcome your views on this subject. In view of the vital interest of the German people in the unification of their country, I feel it appropriate to make a copy of this letter available to the press and will do so after it has reached you. Letter from the American High Commissioner (McCloy) to the Chairman of the Soviet Control Commission (Chuikov), on Free Elections, October 10, 1950' 1. In my letter of May 25, 1950, I requested you to transmit to your government the proposals agreed on by the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Great Britain and France for a procedure which would permit the holding of free democratic and secret elections throughout Germany and would lead to the establishment of a freely elected and democratic government for all of Germany. I have not yet received an answer to this letter. 2. I enclose the text of a letter addressed to the Allied High Com- mission by the Federal Chancellor, inviting attention to a resolution, : Office of the United States High Commissioner for Germany, Documents on German Unity, vol. I, p. 157. The Soviet Chairman never replied to this letter.
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