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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)

Warsaw security pact, May 14, 1955,   pp. 144-147 PDF (1.5 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-5 9
Warsaw Security Pact, May 14, 1955'
TREATY OF FRIENDSHIP, COOPERATION AND MUTUAL
ASSISTANCE BETWEEN THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF
ALBANIA, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA,
THE HUNGARIAN PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, THE GERMAN
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, THE POLISH PEOPLE'S RE-
PUBLIC, THE RUMANIAN PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, THE
UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS AND THE
CZECHOSLOVAK REPUBLIC, MAY 14, 1955
The Contracting Parties,
reaffirming their desire for the establishment of a system of Eu-
ropean collective security based on the participation of all European
states irrespective of their social and political systems, which would
make it possible to unite their efforts in safeguarding the peace of
Europe;
mindful, at the same time, of the situation created in Europe by
the ratification of the Paris agreements, which envisage the forma-
tion of a new military alignment in the shape of "Western European
Union," with the participation of a remilitarized Western Germany
and the integration of the latter in the North-Atlantic bloc, which
increased the danger of another war and constitutes a threat to the
national security of the peaceable states;
being persuaded that in these circumstances the peaceable European
states must take the necessary measures to safeguard their security
and in the interests of preserving peace in Europe;
guided by the objects and principles of the Charter of the United
Nations Organization;
being desirous of further promoting and developing friendship,
cooperation and mutual assistance in accordance with the principles
of respect for the independence and sovereignty of states and of non-
interference in their internal affairs,
have decided to conclude the present Treaty of Friendship, Coopera-
tion and Mutual Assistance and have for that purpose appointed as
their plenipotentiaries:
*        *       *        *        *        *       *
who, having presented their full powers, found in good and due
form, have agreed as follows:
ARTICLE 1
The Contracting Parties undertake, in accordance with the Charter
of the United Nations Organization, to, refrain in their international
relations from the threat or use of force, and to settle their interna-
tional disputes peacefully and in such manner as will not jeopardize
international peace and security.
1 American Foreign Policy, 1950-1955, vol. I, pp. 1239-1 242.
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