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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,[1] it would be quite logical to reject [any kind of] block formation in favor of a collective security system in Europe and the world.[2]

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.[3] 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.

 

(signed)

Hans-Henning Rosen
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[1] The German Constitution (Basic Law), Preamble, refers to the commitment of the German people to preserve the peace of the world.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.