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Remarks at news conference by Secretary of State Dulles, on Germany, January 13, 1959 [extracts],   pp. 370-375 PDF (2.6 MB)

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Article 46
Any state in a state of war with Germany but which is not a party
that has signed the present treaty can adhere to this treaty.
Article 47
The treaty does not give any rights,: legal g -rounds, or benefits to
states which are lot a party to the present treat, and no rights, legal
grounds, or interests of Germany will be consdered infringed on by
any provisions. of the present treaty in favor of such states.
Article 48
The present treaty, and also all documents of ratification and adher-
ence must- be handed over to the custody of the Government.
of __ ___--_____---    -    -  -      which will distribute true
copies of the treaty to each of the signatories of the treaty or of the
states which have adhered to it, and which will also report to these
states about all ratifications and adherences.
In certification of this, the undersignedepie'nipot ntiary, representa-
tives have signed the present treaty and a xed their seals.
Done in -____________--______--____-__in the Russian, English,
French, and German languages, in which all texts are equally
Remarks at News Conference by Secretary of State Dulles, on
Germany, January 13, 1959'
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Q. Mr. Secretary, how about the proposals which were made at the
Foreign Ministers' meeting which followed the Geneva Summit meet-
ing of 1955 ? Do those still stand in your view or would they have
to be reviewed in the light of the present conditions?
A. There are certain basic aspects of those proposals which I think
remain valid and I would expect that they would continue to survive
because of their basic validity. The basic proposition, as I recall,
was; first, that Germany ought to be reunified; secondly, we could not
expect reunification under conditions which would involve, or seem
to involve, the Soviet Union in increased risks or losses. Therefore,
it would be appropriate to couple any reunification of Germany with
security provisions and limitations which would make sure that the
Soviet Union would not, through the reunification, seem to have
weakened its strategic or political position.
Q. Mr. Secretary, Mr. Mikoyan seems to have made quite an impact
on American influential business people around the country. I
wonder if you could tell us whether you have any concern about this
impact in terms of future policy toward the Soviet Union.
A. I have not myself had any direct reports from any of these busi-
ness people that you speak of to confirm what has been the nature of
'Department of State press release 28, January 13, 1959.

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