HC Deb 27 July 1964 vol 699 cc217-8W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what recent consideration has been given to the need for a peace treaty with Western Germany based upon the acceptance of the postwar established frontiers; and what further steps Her Majesty's Government intend to take to settle the results of the last world war.

Mr. R. A. Butler

In a tripartite declaration issued on 26th June, the Governments of the United Kingdom, the United States and France reaffirmed their conviction that a just and peaceful settlement of outstanding problems in Europe should be sought as soon as possible, and declared their readiness to take advantage of any opportunity which would peacefully re-establish German unity in freedom.

Her Majesty's Government's policy in regard to the question of Germany's frontiers is well known and has been frequently stated. It is that the final determination of Germany's frontiers cannot be formalised until there is a peace treaty. A peace settlement for the whole of Germany, freely negotiated with an all-German Government created by means of free elections, remains an essential aim of Her Majesty's Government's policy.

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