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Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of the Federal Republic of Germany, October 23, 1954,   pp. 142-143 PDF (576.1 KB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-5 9
Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the
Federal Republic of Germany, October 23,1954 1
The Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty signed at Washington on
4th April, 1949,
Being satisfied that the security of the North Atlantic area will be
enhanced by the accession of the Federal Republic of Germany to
that Treaty, and
Having noted that the Federal Republic of Germany has by a
declaration dated 3rd October, 1954, accepted the obligations set
forth in Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations and has under-
taken upon its accession to the North Atlantic Treaty to refrain from
any action inconsistent with the strictly defensive character of that
Treaty, and
Having further noted that all member governments have associated
themselves with the declaration also made on 3rd October, 1954, by
the Governments of the United Stats of America, the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic in
connection with the aforesaid declaration of the Federal Republic of
Germany,
Agree as follows:
ARTICLE I
Upon the entry into force of the present Protocol, the Government
of the United States of America shall on behalf of all the Parties com-
municate to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
an invitation to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty. Thereafter
the Federal Republic of Germany shall become a Party to that Treaty
on the date when it deposits its instruments of accession with the
Government of the United States of America in accordance with
Article 10 of that Treaty.
ARTICLE II
The present Protocol shall enter into force, when (a) each of the
Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty has notified to the Government
of the United States of America its acceptance thereof, (b) all instru-
ments of ratification of the Protocol Modifying and Completing the
Brussels Treaty have been deposited with the Belgian Government,
and (c) all instruments of ratification or approval of the Convention
on the Presence of Foreign Forces in the Federal Republic of Germany
have been deposited with the Government of the Federal Republic of
Germany. The Government of the United States of America shall
inform the other Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty of the date of
the receipt of each notification of acceptance of the present Protocol
and of the date of the entry into force of the present Protocol.
1 Ibid., pp. 37-38. The protocol entered Into force May 5, 1955. For the
text of the
North Atlantic Treaty (April 4. 1949), see American Foreign Policy, 1950-1955,
vol. I,
pp. 812-815. The protocol on the accession of Greece and Turkey (October
17, 1951) is
printed ibid., pp. 8a3-854.
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