Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
Memorandum from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Soviet Foreign Ministry, on German reunification, May 27, 1957, pp. 207-210 PDF (1.6 MB)
Communiqué and joint declaration by President Eisenhower and Chancellor Adenauer, on German reunification and disarmament, May 28, 1957, pp. 210-212 PDF (1.2 MB)
DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, - 1944-5 9 If the Soviet Government were to change its attitude to the ques- tion of reunification, there would be a possibility of achieving a com- prehensive clarification of and improvement in mutual relations. It is the sincere wish of the Federal Government shortly to be in a position to avail itself of that possibility. Communique and Joint Declaration by President Eisenhower and Chancellor Adenauer, on German Reunification and Disarma- ment, May 28, 19571 COMMUNIQUE The President of the United States and the Chancellor of the Fed- eral Republic of Germany concluded today the cordial discussions they have conducted during the last several days, with the assistance of the Secretary of State and the German Foreign Minister, and other advisers. These discussions permitted a comprehensive exchange of views concerning German-United States relations, the European situation, and the world situation. They have served to strengthen still further the close understanding and harmony of views already existing be- tween the two governments. As a result of their talks, the President and the Chancellor have issued a Joint IDeclaration regarding matters of mutual interest. JOINT DECLARATION I. The President and the Chancellor agreed that the basic aim of the policies of their two countries is the maintenance of peace in freedom. To that end it is the common policy of their governments to work for the achievement of conditions in which all nations can live in peace and freedom and devote their energies and resources to promoting the welfare of their peoples. They agreed that the realization of these conditions depends upon the removal of the causes of tension existing between the Soviet Union and the Free World. This tension is mainly attributable to the acts and policies of the Soviet Union, among them the deprivation of other peoples of their freedom. The President and the Chancellor noted with great concern the consequences of the brutal Soviet intervention in Hungary. The con- tinued suppression of the rights of the Hungarian people makes it difficult for other nations to accept as genuine the professed Soviet desires for peaceful coexistence. The President and the Chancellor reaffirmed that the ending of the unnatural and unjust division of Germany is a major objective of the foreign policies of the two governments. Germany must be reunited on a free and democratic b'asis by peaceful means. If the Soviet rulers really desire peace and the relaxation of international White House news release, May 28, 1957.
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