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Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
(1959)

NATO declaration on Berlin, December 16, 1958,   pp. 333-334 PDF (829.0 KB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-5          3
Allies most concerned, including the Federal Republic of Germany,
and the general harmony: of views already manifest in the West.
Consultations will, of course, continue.
The President reiterated our government's firm purpose that the
United States will not enter into any arrangement or embark on any
course of conduct which would have the effect of abandoning the re-
sponsibilities which the United States, with Great Britain and France
has formally assumed for the freedom and security of the people of
West Berlin.
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Four-Power Communique on Berlin, December 14, 1958 1
The Foreign Ministers of France, the Federal Republic of Germany,
the United Kingdom and the United States met on December 14, 1958
in Paris to discuss developments in the Berlin situation during the past
month, including notes addressed to their several governments on No-
vember 27 by the Soviet Union. The four Foreign Ministers had the
benefit of an oral statement on the situation in Berlin, by Herr Brandt,
Governing Mayor of that city.
The Foreign Ministers of France, the United Kingdom and the
United States once more reaffirmed the determination of their govern-
ments to maintain their position and their rights with respect to Berlin
including the right of free access.
They found unacceptable a unilateral repudiation by the Soviet
Government of its obligations to the Governments of France, the
United Kingdom and the United States in relation to their presence
in Berlin and the freedom of access to that city or the substitution of
the German authorities of the Soviet Zone for the Soviet Governmelnt
insofar as those rights are concerned..
After further discussion of the Soviet notes of November 27, 1958
the four Foreign Ministers found themselves in agreement on the basic
issues to be dealt with in the replies to those notes. They will consult
with their allies in the NATO Council, following which the four gov-
ernments will formulate their replies.
NATO Declaration on Berlin, December 16, 1958 2
1. The North Atlantic Council examined the question of Berlin.
2. The Council declares that no state has the right to withdraw
unilaterally from its international engagements. It considers that
the denunciation by the Soviet Union of the interallied agreements on
Berlin can in no way deprive the other parties of their rights or relieve
the Soviet Union of its obligations. Such methods destroy the mutual
confidence between nations which is one of the foundations of peace.
3. The Council fully associates itself with the views expressed on
the subject by the Governments of the United States, the United
Kingdom, France and the Federal Republic of Germany in their
statement of 14th December.
1 The Soviet Note on Berlin: An Analy8is (Department of State publication
6757), p. 50.
2 Ibd., pp. 50-51.
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