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Aide-mémoire from the Soviet Foreign Minister (Gromyko) to the American Ambassador (Thompson), regarding a summit meeting, March 24, 1958, pp. 258-263 PDF (2.7 MB)
DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 19 4 4-5 9 through the Berlin Air Safety Center over aircraft of the Soviet Union utilizing the airspace of the, Federal Republic." Furthermore, since the flight request was still under considera- tion by the American, British and French Embassies when the Soviet aircraft in question flew by an alternative route, it is incorrect to state that the American representative refused clearance for the flight. I should like to remind you that in the past the Three Powers have consistently authorized individual Soviet overflights of the Federal Republic when requested by the Soviet authorities. These authori- zations were based on the expectation that, on their side, the Soviet authorities would continue to honor their quadripartite responsibili- ties and authorize, upon request, flights of aircraft of the Three Powers in the airspace over the Soviet Zone outside the quadripartite- ly established air corridors. Since earlier communications on this subject have been released to the press by the Soviet authorities, I am likewise releasing this letter to the press. Aide-Memoire from the Soviet Foreign Minister (Gromyko) to the American Ambassador (Thompson), Regarding a Summit Meet- ing, March 24,1958 1 The Soviet Government has attentively examined the considerations set forth by the U.S. Government in its aide memoire of March 6, 1958, which is a reply to the aide memoire of the Soviet Government of February 28 on the question of preparing a meeting at the high- est level. As is known, the Soviet Government, concerned as it is over inter- national developments which have taken a turn dangerous to the cause of peace, proposed at the close of 1957 to call a meeting of leading statesmen to solve a number of urgent problems and to define through joint efforts effective ways to reduce international tension and to end the state of "cold war." The Soviet Government notes that the U.S. Government, referring in its aide memoire to the purpose of a summit meeting, also pro- claims that it desires this meeting to take meaningful decisions which would initiate the settlement of at least some important political problems and lead to the establishment of international climate of cooperation and good will. However, one must admit that while the Soviet Government, after proposing to call a meeting of leading statesmen, has taken several concrete steps to meet the wishes of the U.S. Government and of other Western powers, both with regard to the questions which should be examined at a summit meeting and with regard to the procedure of preparing this meeting, the U.S. Government, as evident from its aide memoire, is trying in fact to bring the entire question of a summit meeting back to the initial position. The Soviet Government has proposed that the summit meeting should discuss such pressing international problems, agreement on which seems feasible at this meeting and the settlement of which could -~~~~~~~ I.Department of State Bulletin, April 21, 1958, pp. 652-655,. For the next act in the 'summit" correspondence, see tripartite declaration of March 31, 1958, (infra).
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