252. Memorandum From the Counselor of the Department of State (Sonnenfeldt) to Secretary of State Kissinger1
I asked Art Hartman to tell the Germans that they should pursue this issue, which is principally of concern to them, directly with the Soviets. Art has done this. I think it is pointless for us to act as middlemen.
If you agree, I will also tell Vorontsov that as far as you are concerned this is chiefly a matter between the FRG and the USSR and that we will review it only after we have indication that Bonn and Moscow are able to come to terms on it.[Page 737]
The confusion on the texts is really incomprehensible since Gromyko is steeped in the subject and would hardly hand personally to Genscher a text with a typographical error going directly to the heart of the dispute. All the more reason for us to stay clear of this whole issue for a while.
Approve line to Vorontsov2
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Records of the Office of the Counselor, Entry 5339, Box 3, HS Chron, Official. Confidential.↩
- Kissinger initialed his approval. Sonnenfeldt spoke with Vorontsov on September 30 and informed him accordingly. Vorontsov replied, “that is fair enough,” and said he would cable the U.S. stance to Moscow. (Memorandum for the record, September 30; ibid.)↩
- Drafted by the Deputy Director for Soviet Union Affairs Mark J. Garrison and cleared by Streator. Sent through Sonnenfeldt.↩
- Hartman highlighted this sentence and wrote in the margin: “We have also told the Germans that they should pursue this with the Soviets.”↩