No. 5
Editorial Note

On January 29 Foreign Minister Schuman sent to Secretary Acheson and Foreign Secretary Eden a letter in which he stated, inter alia, that the Federal Republic seemed to be trying to settle both the problem of arms manufacture and the cost of maintaining Allied troops in Germany within a European framework, rather than within the contractual negotiations then being held at Bonn. Schuman continued that it was indispensable that the United States, the United Kingdom, and France should induce the Federal Republic to sign commitments in these areas which would be annexed to the general convention. For text of Schuman’s letter, which deals mainly with the relationship of the EDC to contractual relations, see volume V, Part 1, page 7.