Editorial Note

In a letter of March 23, 1950, to Acting High Commissioner George P. Hays, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer requested assurances from the Western High Commissioners on three points: (1) the urgency of West German accession to the Council of Europe; (2) the effect of [Page 771] Council membership on the settlement of the Saar question; and (3) the possibility of full membership of the German Federal Republic at the earliest possible time. Chancellor Adenauer explained that the assurances were required in connection with Bundestag consideration of the question of accession to the Council of Europe. The text of the Adenauer letter was transmitted to the Department of State in telegram 111, March 23, 1950: 740.00/3–2350.