Horst Teltschik diary

Cold War: Horst Teltschik diary (MT congratulates Kohl on outcome of his visit to Gorbachev) [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: 94
Themes: Defence (general), Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU)

Tuesday, 17 July 1990

The mood in Bonn is brilliant. Telephone messages of congratulation come from home and abroad Ð the Chancellor is especially pleased that Simon Wiesanthal and Prince Louis of Prussia are among those calling. The press today is overwhelming: “Kohl in Luck” Ð “Kohl’s Great Success” Ð “The Visit of the Federal Chancellor to the USSR has historic status”, “The Breakthrough”. ....

In a telegram, Margaret Thatcher also conveys her most sincere good wishes. Gorbachev’s agreement to the NATO membership of a united Germany is a huge step forward in the interests of Europe and the whole West.