The United States, Britain and France are carefully considering a West German suggestion for a summit conference of the four big Western powers, according to political observers in Bonn.
The United States, Britain and France are carefully considering a West German suggestion for a summit conference of the four big Western powers, according to political observers in Bonn. The proposal came in letters from Chancellor Willy Brandt to President Richard Nixon, Prime Minister Edward Heath and President Georges Pompidou.
The United States Department would make no formal comment on the proposal, neither was any comment forthcoming from London or Paris. But sources in all three capitals confirmed that the letters were being given close attention.
The proposal came as Chancellor Brandt was preparing to fly to Moscow for Wednesday's expected signing of the new Bonn-Moscow treaty with Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin.
The treaty was initialled last Friday after 12 days of tough bargaining between West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel and his Soviet counterpart Andrei Gromyko.
Herr Scheel today briefed representatives of the three Western powers (Britain, France and the United States) on the treaty at a meeting in the Foreign Ministry.
The letters from Herr Brandt suggesting the summit were also understood by observers to contain a further West German assurance that the non-aggression treaty with Russia would not affect the rights in West Berlin of the four victorious Second World War allies.