Editorial Note

On May 12 the three Western Foreign Ministers, meeting at London, considered Adenauer’s proposal to establish a Federal police force and decided that the matter required further study. Secretary Acheson in particular wished to consult President Truman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff before reaching a decision. The Ministers agreed, however, to protest the formation of paramilitary police units in the Soviet Zone. For documentation on the Foreign Ministers meeting, see volume III, pages 828 ff.; regarding the protest to the Soviet Government, see the editorial note, page 951.