Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the Embassy of the United States1
The Soviet Govt considers it necessary to direct the attention of Govt of USA to fact that altho about seven years have passed since end of war in Europe a peace treaty with Ger is not yet concluded.
With aim of eliminating such abnormal situation Soviet Govt supporting communication of Govt of Ger Democratic Republic to Four Powers requesting that conclusion of peace treaty with Ger be expedited,2 on its part addresses itself to Govt of US and also Govts of Great Britain and France with proposal to urgently discuss question of peace treaty with Ger with view to preparing in nearest future an agreed draft peace treaty and present it for examination by appropriate international conf with participation of all interested govts. It is understood that such a peace treaty must be worked out with direct participation of Ger in the form of an all-Ger Govt. From this it follows that USSR, USA, England and [Page 170]France who are fulfilling control functions in Ger must also consider question of conditions favoring the earliest formation of all-Ger Govt expressing the will of Ger people.
With aim of facilitating preparation of draft peace treaty Soviet Govt on its part proposes for the consideration of Govts of USA, GB and France the attached draft basis of peace treaty with Ger.
In proposing consideration of this draft Soviet Govt at same time expresses its readiness also to consider other possible proposals on this question.
Govt of USSR expects to receive reply of Govt of USA to the mentioned proposal at earliest possible time. Similar notes have also been sent by Soviet Govt to Govts of GB and France.
- This note, an unofficial translation by the Embassy in Moscow, was transmitted in telegram 1445 from Moscow, Mar. 10. It is the same in substance as the translation printed in Documents on German Unity, vol. II, pp. 60–61 and in Department of State Bulletin, Apr. 7, 1952, pp. 531–532, or Documents (R.I.I.A.) for 1952, pp. 85–88. A copy of the Russian language text was transmitted in despatch 625 from Moscow, Mar. 11. (662.001/3–1152) It was also printed in Izvestiia, Mar. 11, 1952 and in SSSR s GDR, pp. 200–203.↩
- On Feb. 13 the German Democratic Republic had transmitted identic notes to the four occupying powers requesting the speedy conclusion of a peace treaty with Germany. The text of this note was transmitted in telegram 1028 from Berlin, Feb. 14. (662.001/2–1452) For text of the note and the only reply to it which was made by the Soviet Union on Feb. 20, see Documents on German Unity, vol. II, pp. 50 and 52.↩