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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
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Note from the Soviet Foreign Ministry to the American Embassy, enclosing draft for a German peace treaty, March 10, 1952,   pp. 85-87 PDF (1.2 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59
Note from the Soviet Foreign Ministry to the American Embassy,
Enclosing Draft for a German Peace Treaty, March 10, 19521
[Unofficial translation]
The Soviet Government considers it necessary to direct the atten-
tion of the Government of the United States of America to the fact
that although about seven years have passed since the end of the war
in Europe a peace treaty with Germany is not yet concluded.
With the aim of eliminating such an abnormal situation the Soviet
Government, supporting the communication of the Government of
the German Democratic Republic to the Four Powers requesting that
conclusion of a peace treaty with Germany be expedited, on its part
addresses itself to the Government of the United States and also to
the Governments of Great Britain and France with the proposal to
urgently discuss the question of a peace treaty with Germany with
a view to preparing in the nearest future an agreed draft peace treaty
and present it for examination by an appropriate international con-
ference with the participation of all interested governments. It is
understood that such a peace treaty must be worked out with the. direct
participation of Germany in the form of an all-German Government.
tFrom this it follows that the U.S.S.R., U.S.A., England, and France
who are fulfilling control functions in Germany must also consider the
question of conditions favoring the earliest formation of an all-
German Government expressing the will of the German people.
With the aim of facilitating the preparation of a draft peace treaty
the Soviet Government on its part proposes for the consideration of
the Governments of the U.S.A., Great Britain and France the attached
draft as a basis of a peace treaty with Germany.
In proposing consideration of this draft the Soviet Government
at the same time expressed its readiness also to consider other possible
proposals on this question.
The Government of the U.S.S.R. expects to receive the reply of
the Government of the U.S.A. to the mentioned proposal at the earli-
est possible time.
Similar notes have also -been sent by the Soviet Government to the
Governments of Great Britain and France.
[Enclosure]
DRAFT OF SOVIET GOVERNMENT OF PEACE TREATY
WITH GERMANY
Almost seven years have passed since the end of the war with Ger-
many but Germany still does not have a peace treaty, finds itself
divided, continues to remain in an unequal situation as regards other
governments. It is necessary to end such an abnormal situation. This
responds to the aspirations of all peace loving peoples. It is impos-
sible to assure a just status to the legal national interests of the Ger-
man people without the earliest conclusion of a peace treaty with
Germany.
1 Department of State Bulletin, April 7, 1952., pp. 531-5.32. For the text
of the American
reply of March 25, see infra.
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