11. Editorial Note

Following his participation in the North Atlantic Council meeting at Copenhagen, May 5–7, Secretary of State Dulles flew to Berlin on May 8 for a one-day visit, before flying to Paris for a meeting of the Western European Ambassadors.

On May 4 Dulles informed Foreign Secretary Lloyd that he would reiterate the U.S. adherence to the 1954 declaration on Berlin but rejected a proposal by the Mission in Berlin that he drive through the eastern sector of the city unless there was a substantive reason for it. (Secto 25 from Copenhagen, May 6; Department of State, Central Files, 110.11DU/5–658)

The Secretary of State arrived at Tempelhof Airport at 11 a.m. where he was greeted by Mayor Brandt, Ambassador Bruce, and General Hamlett. Following lunch at the Federal President’s house he proceeded to the Berlin Rathaus for a reception where he repeated the 1954 tripartite declaration on Berlin and stated that it still had the full support of President Eisenhower and himself. Sometime during the trip to Berlin the Secretary of State also transmitted his greetings to Chancellor Adenauer. He departed for Paris at 4:30 p.m.

Documentation on Dulles’ visit to Berlin, including the texts of his address at the reception, letter to Adenauer, and statement at Tempelhof Airport is ibid., Conference Files: Lot 63 D 123, CF 1014. The text of Dulles’ address is also in Department of State Bulletin, May 26, 1958, pages 854–857.