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Note from the American Embassy at Moscow to the Soviet Foreign Ministry, regarding the Soviet draft of a German peace treaty, March 25, 1952,   pp. 87-88 PDF (896.3 KB)

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internal affairs, to conduct meetings and assembly, to enjoy freedom
of press and publication.
(5) The existence of organizations inimical to democracy and to,
the maintenance of peace must not be permitted on the territory of-
(6) Civil and political rights equal to all other German citizens,
for participation in the building of, peace-loving democratic Germany
must be made available to all former members of the German army,
including officers and generals, all former Nazis, excluding those who
are serving court sentences for commission of crimes.
(7) Germany obligates itself not to enter into any kind of coalition
or military alliance directed against any power which took part with
its armed forces in the war against Germany.
The territory of Germany is defined by the borders established by
the provisions of the Potsdam Conference of the Great Powers.
Economic Provisions
No kind of limitations are imposed on Germany as to development
of its peaceful economy, which must contribute to the growth of the
welfare of the German people.
Likewise, Germany will have no kind of limitation as regards trade
with other countries, navigation and access to world markets.
.2Military Provisions
(1) Germany will be permitted to have its own national armed
forces (land, air, and sea) which are necessary for the defense of the
(2) Germany is permitted to produce war materials and equipment,
the quantity and type of which must not exceed the limitations re-
quired for the armed forces established for Germany by the peace
Germany and the United Nations Organization
The governments concluding a peace treaty with Germany will
support the application of Germany for acceptance as a member of
the United Nations Organization.
Note from the American Embassy at Moscow to the Soviet Foreign
Ming-tr, -Regarding the Soviet Draft of a German Peace Treaty,
March -25, 19521
The United States Government, in consultation with the Govern-
ments of the United Kingdom and France, has given the most careful
consideration to the Soviet Government's note of March 10, 1952,
which proposed the conclusion of a peace treaty with Germany. They
have also consulted the Government of the German Federal Republic
and the representatives of Berlin.
The conclusion of a just and lasting peace treaty which would end
the division of Germany has always been and remains an essential,
'America'. Foreign Policy, 1950-1955: Basic Documents (Department of State
tion 6446),- vol. II, pp. 1797-179& The British and French Embassies
delivered similar
notes on the same date.

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