While Western foreign offices were still mulling over the 13,000 words of Malenkov's H-bomb speech (TIME, Aug. 17), another fat 14-page note arrived unexpectedly from Moscow. In it Moscow proposed:
¶ German peace conference, to meet within six months.
¶ A temporary, all-German government to prepare the ground for "free, all-German elections."
¶ A Big Four agreement canceling German reparations (which the U.S. gave up years ago though the others still receive them) and limiting occupation costs to 5% of the German budget.
Couched in vague phrases, easy to twist or disown, the Soviet suggestions...