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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

Soviet draft peace treaty with Germany, February 1, 1954,   pp. 117-119 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 119

decide their internal affairs, to hold meetings and assemblies, and to
have freedom of press and publications.
5. The existence of organizations hostile to democracy and to the
preservation of peace shall not be permitted on German territory.
6. All former members of the German army, including officers and
generals, all former Nazis, excepting those who are serving court
sentences for crimes committed by them, shall be accorded the same
civil and political rights as all other German citizens so that they may
participate in the rebuilding of a peace-loving democratic Germany.
7. Germany shall undertake not to enter into any coalition or mili-
tary alliance directed against any power whose armed forces took
part in the war against Germany.
8. Germany will not be required to take over any obligations of a
political or military character resulting from treaties or agreements
concluded by the governments of the German Federal Republic and
of the German Democratic Republic before the conclusion of a peace
treaty with Germany and the restoration of Germany as a unified
The boundaries of the territory of Germany are to be those estab-
lished by the decisions of the Potsdam conference of the Great Powers.
1. Germany shall not be subject to any limitations on the develop-
ment of its peaceful economy which shall promote the welfare of the
German people.
Neither shall Germany be subject to any limitations on trade with
other countries, on shipping, or on access to world markets.
2. Germany shall be fully released from the payment to the U.S.A.,
to Great Britain, to France, and to the U.S.S.R. of her postwar state
debts with the exception of her trade indebtedness.
1. Germany shall be permitted to have her own national armed
forces (land, air, and naval) necessary for the defense of the country.
The strength of these armed forces shall be limited in accordance with
requirements of an internal nature, local defense of frontiers, and
anti-aircraft defense.
2. -Germany shall be permitted to produce military supplies and
equipment, the number and types of which shall not exceed the needs
of her armed forces, as established by the peace treaty.
Those states which conclude a peace treaty with Germany shall sup-
port Germany's application for membership in the United Nations

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