United Nations Forum for the Transition
SI VIS PACEM PARA PACEM! If you want peace, prepare for peace! 平和を望むなら平和に備えよ
LETTER FROM THE PERSONAL BUREAU OF WILLY BRANDT, DATED 25 OCTOBER 1983:
Dear Mr. Schlichtmann,
Mr. Brandt has asked me to thank you for making available [your] draft of a bill for transferring sovereign powers to the Security Council of the United Nations. I have requested the proper working committee of the SPD faction in the German parliament, to earnestly examine such proposal.
It is correct that Article 24 of the Basic Law/Constitution provides a means to relinquish [certain] sovereign powers in favor of a system of collective security. In view of the declaration in the Constitution to serve the peace of the world, it would be quite logical to reject [any kind of] block formation in favor of a collective security system in Europe and the world.
The particular problem, however, seems to lie in bringing about a collective renunciation, in order to avoid that for individual countries who are willing to give up [their individual right of belligerency], it will result in a security gap/vacuum. I consider it to be the meritorious work of your organization, to come closer to this [goal], and I wish you success in your work.
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 The German Constitution (Basic Law), Preamble, refers to the commitment of the German people to preserve the peace of the world.
 The German Constitution, Article 24, para 2, speaks of a system of collective security, to which Germany will accede, in order to bring about and secure a peaceful and lasting order in Europe and among the peoples of the world.
 Part of a system of collective security, of course, is to accept the binding jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in order to avoid a security vacuum.