JMAS-131 David Bruce's diary entries - September 1951Documents from 01 September 1951 to 30 September 1951
Content and Structure
Remarks on: discussion with William Tomlinson on advisability for René Pleven (PM) to call a conference to draw up a constitution for a federated Europe,- meeting with Jean Monnet regarding a political federation of Western Europe,- attendance at Foreign Ministers' meeting in Washington where European Army was discussed. Bruce says that the Pentagon was sceptical about the Plan, Bruce says it must be made to succeed,- briefing paper for Dean Acheson, Secy of State on European Army, which he worked on with John McCloy and Robert Bowie,- discussions on German contractual agreement and the difficulties of securing an agreed Allied position on this issue,text of report Bruce delivered on "Battle Front Television Programme" (NBC),- talks with Robert Schuman, French Foreign Minister, Herbert Morrison, British Foreign Secretary and Acheson regarding Europe's defensive power and role of Germany, NATO, the Schuman Plan and the European Defense Force Plan (EDF), and idea for it to be under direction, like NATO, of General Eisenhower,conversation with Hervé Alphand regarding a possible Three Power declaration in favour of the Schuman and Pleven plans as progressive steps towardsEuropean unification,- reports on tripartite meetings on EDF, contractual agreement for Germany, financial questions attached to armament programme,- meeting with Monnet, who was pleased with progress on European Army and discussed statements made by Schuman in Washington and Ottawa regarding political federation of Western Europe,- Soviet offer to Chancellor Konrad Adenauer regarding free elections in Germany leading to German re-unification, but says Bruce this would involve neutralising Germany and withdrawal of Allied troops, this would upset NATO plans and destroy the Schuman and Army projects.
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