Horst Teltschik diary

Cold War: Horst Teltschik diary (MT letter on her talks with Bush in Bermuda) [translation]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Horst Teltschik, 329 Tage: Innenansichten der Einigung [329 Days: Inside Views of the Unification] , Siedler Publishing 1991
Editorial comments: Translated specially for Dr Teltschik was Helmut Kohl’s closest foreign policy adviser.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 130
Themes: Defence (general), Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU)

Friday, 20 April 1990

Today there comes a message from Margaret Thatcher about the outcome of her talks with President Bush in Bermuda. The most important information that it contains is the suggestion of a NATO summit ‘soon” to discuss all-German full membership of the North Atlantic Alliance, the American conventional and nuclear presence in Europe, and the future strategy of the alliance. Mitterrand and Bush have also spoken of a summit “before the end of the year” at their meeting at Key Largo in Florida. Thatcher is convinced that Moscow will agree in the end to the NATO membership of a united Germany and also to its full participation in the integrated military structure of the alliance. Bush is of this opinion too. We understand this information as a gesture of good will.