HC Deb 11 July 1966 vol 731 cc138-9W
60 and 61. Mr. Brooks

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) what proposals designed to effect the reunification of Germany have been initiated by Her Majesty's Government since the end of World War II;

(2) whether Her Majesty's Government will now propose a conference between the four occupation Powers in Germany to prepare the ground for the conclusion of a peace treaty with that country.

Mr. George Thomson

The prospects of healthy developments in East-West relations, which cover the problems connected with European security and German reunification are now under examination in the North Atlantic Council.

Following is a list of proposals for reunification which Her Majesty's Government have initiated or for which they have been jointly responsible with our allies.

United Kingdom memorandum submitted at the Moscow and London Four Power Conference in 1947.

2. Tripartite (United Kingdom, United States and France) proposal for restoring the political and economic unity of Germany put forward at the Paris Four Power Conference in 1949.

3. Tripartite Notes of May 1950 to the Chairman of the Soviet Control Commission proposing the drawing up of an electoral law as a basis for the formation of an All-German Government.

4. United Kingdom proposal submitted at the Berlin Four Power Conference of 1954 for the reunification of Germany by free elections and the conclusion of a Peace Treaty with a united Germany. A modified form of this proposal, combined with a Treaty of Assurance was put forward by the three Western Powers the Geneva Four Power Conference in 1955.

5. Tripartite proposal (the Western Peace Plan) submitted at the Geneva Conference of Foreign Ministers in 1959 for a settlement by stages of the problems of Berlin, German reunification and European security.

6. Tripartite declarations of 26 June, 1964, and 12 May, 1965.