Proletary, No. 12, August 16 (3), 1905.
Published according to the text in Proletary.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1972, Moscow, Volume 9, page 188.
Translated: The Late Abraham Fineberg and Julius Katzer
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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From the Editors. The measure in which the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. is working energetically for unity is to be seen in its Open Letter to the Organising Committee, which is published in the present issue. We would only like to remind the reader that for unification a common ground of organisation is needed. The only such ground we are aware of to date is the Rules of the R.S.D.L.P., which were adopted at the Party’s Third Congress, and fully guarantee the legitimate rights of a minority.
 The conference of R.S.D.L.P. organisations abroad (of Bolshevik and Menshevik representatives) was held in the summer of 1905. Party branches in South Germany were represented at the conference, whose resolution spoke of the need for a unity congress of the Party to be called, so as to resolve the problem of unification with the seceding section of the R.S.D.L.P. (the Mensheviks). The resolution was published in No. 12 of Proletary, with a note “from the Editors” written by Lenin.