229. Letter From Secretary of State Dulles to Chancellor Adenauer1

My Dear Chancellor: We constantly think of you as we struggle here. There has been a persistent unwillingness on the part of the Soviet Delegation to treat the unification of Germany as a present problem but rather one which can be indefinitely deferred. This attitude has been more marked in the case of Molotov than in the case of Bulganin. Although at luncheon yesterday Molotov2 expressed himself as absolutely opposed to a directive to the Foreign Ministers to take up the matter of German unification, it seemed in the afternoon that Bulganin would agree to this.3 The final test is still to come but you can be confident that we shall be faithful to our common purpose.

Your private observations to me about Faure seem to be confirmed. I hope you are getting a much deserved rest and that we will be able in the end to give you good news.

Faithfully yours,

Foster Dulles4
  1. Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 63 D 123, CF 515. Secret.
  2. See Document 205.
  3. See Document 207.
  4. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.