All parties of the West German Bundestag, Bonn, May 24, joined in formal declarations condemning Soviet Premier Khrushchev for wrecking the Paris Summit conference.
Adenauer addresses Bundestag.
Brentano and Erhard listen.
Brandt listens, Members applaud Adenauer.
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Background: All parties of the West German Bundestag, Bonn, May 24, joined in formal declarations condemning Soviet Premier Khrushchev for wrecking the Paris Summit conference. Particularly sharp criticism was expressed by Federal Chancellor Dr Adenauer, who said the threat to the liberty of Berlin was incompatible with future negotiations.
Speaking on behalf of the Government, Dr Adenauer began by describing at length how pre-Summit western consultations had resulted in unanimity at all levels. He expressed sincere gratitude to Allied Governments for mutual trust and understanding. The course of the Summit meeting, however, justified grave doubts in the credibility of Mr Khrushchev's readiness to resume negotiations later.
There had been some grounds for hope, Dr Adenauer said, that Russia was prepared to discuss more seriously the most urgent and important problem of controlled general disarmament. But Mr Khrushchev had destroyed these hopes by his "unrestrained attacks" and "immoderate demands". Dr Adenauer thought it was too early to speculate about Mr Khrushchev's reasons. Yet it was clear that tension in the world has sharpened in a disturbing way.
Dr Adenauer reiterated that the Bonn Government would be ready to continue in all efforts to start fresh international talks. The Paris failure had prove the correctness of its view that the division of Germany and the Berlin problem were symptoms, not the cause, of international tension, and that a relaxation should begin with disarmament negotiations. Attacking this statement, Opposition leader Erich Ollenhauer described it as incomprehensible that the Chancellor should make the Summit conference a reason for not discussing foreign policy with the Social Democrats.
Prior to his speech in the Bundestag, Dr Adenauer had a private conversation with West Berlin's Chief Burgomaster Willy Brandt. Herr Brandt has been speaking in favour of bipartisanship in foreign policy, but the Chancellor, in his Bundestag statement, again made it quite clear that bipartisanship is possible only if the Social Democrats accept his policy in its entirety.