Editorial Note

Mendès-France and Adenauer engaged in discussions on the Saar following dinner on October 22, discussions that lasted until [Page 1464] 3 a.m. the following morning. Telegram 1711 from Paris, October 23, briefly noted that “agreement had been practically reached on political points with only one or two economic problems (coal mines and steel works) outstanding” (762.022/10–2354). They met again at 11:30 a.m. on October 23 and completed their negotiations on the Saar by reaching an agreement. No records of the meetings on October 22 and 23 were found in the Department of State files which would provide information concerning the details of these negotiations. For the text of the Agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the French Republic on the Saar Statute, Paris, October 23, 1954, see Documents (R.I.I.A.) for 1954, pages 116–118. For the accompanying exchange of letters, see Notes et Etudes Documentaires No. 1951, 23 Novembre 1954.