German Question

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New Discussion of German Reunification

Allied Declaration on the German Question

Eunification of Germany on the basis of self-determination was declared, in a tripartite declaration of policy issued simultaneously in Washington, London and Paris on June 28, to be a “fundamental objective” of the United States, Great Britain and France. The declaration was the response of the three Western powers to the 20-year treaty of friendship and cooperation signed by Russia on June 12 with the (East) German Democratic Republic. The West German government was closely consulted in its preparation.

The declaration held to the position that the Federal Republic of Germany was “the only German government freely and legitimately constituted and therefore entitled to speak for the German people in international affairs.” The treaty signed by ...

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