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1954 Berlin Conference

Berlin Confernce

On January 25th, 1954 the foreign ministers of the Untied States the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain met for the first time in five years to try to resolve their differences over the occupation of Germany and Austria.  The talks did not begin on a positive note when the Soviets suggested that the Communist Chinese be invited to be part of the talks.  The US supported by Great Britain put forth a suggestion that there be free elections in Germany supervised by the United Nations.  Those elected would then proceed to establish a new unified Germany that would officially make peace with the Allies.  The Soviets stated that they supported the creation of a unified Germany but they refused to allow free elections to take place.  That stumbling bloc ensured that the meeting that lasted for three weeks would end in a stalemate.