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(1959)

Memorandum from Foreign Minister Gromyko to the Western ambassadors, on the agenda of a possible summit meeting, May 8, 1958 [extracts],   pp. 268-273 PDF (2.7 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59
Memorandum from Foreign Minister Gromyko to the Western
Ambassadors, on the Agenda of a Possible Summit Meeting, May
8, 19581
[Extracts]
[Official translation]
PROPOSALS OF THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT AS TO
QUESTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE CONFER-
ENCE WITH PARTICIPATION OF THE HEADS OF
GOVERNMENT
On January 8, 1958, the Soviet Government presented for consid-
eration by other Governments its concrete proposals on problems of
easing international tension. These proposals provide for a high-
level conference of top government officials with the participation
*of the Heads of Government to discuss issues the settlement of which
would promote the easing of international tension and the creation of
-trust in relations between states.
As before, the Soviet Government considers that a series of press-
ing international problems can be solved even at the present time. Its
position is that it is necessary and possible to achieve agreement
among states on outstanding issues in international relations. The
Soviet Union, for its part, has listed a number of such issues and is
prepared to participate in the consideration of other problems which
might be proposed by the participants in the conference at the sum-
mit provided, of course, that these questions are within the compe-
tence of the international meeting and are directed toward strengthen-
ing peace.
The Soviet Government is firmly convinced that if the Heads of
Government firmly resolve to devote their efforts to seeking mutually
acceptable solutions for pressing international problems, then it is
possible to say with certainty that the forthcoming conference at the
summit will ensure the necessary turning point in the development
,of relations between the states in the direction of improving the en-
tire international situation and the liquidation of the "cold war."
Taking into account the exchange of views which has occurred on
the question of convening a conference at the summit and seeking to
facilitate the completion of the preparatory work for this conference
in as short a period as possible, the Soviet Government for its part
submits for consideration at the conference the following questions
and at the same time sets forth- some views on these questions:
*        *       *        *       *        *       *
3. Creation in Central Europe of a zone free of atoimic, hydrogen
and rocket weapons
At the present time, two groups of states oppose each other in Cen-
tral Europe and armed forces and armaments of various types, in
quantities abnormal for peacetime, are concentrated there. This one
circumstance alone creates a serious threat to peace and it is impos-
sible to ignore the fact that in such a situation, by evil intent or by
1 Department of State Bulletin, July 7, 195%, pp. I7-22. For the next step
in the
"summit" negotiations, see Western memorandum of May 28, 1958 (infra).
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