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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)

Agreement on control machinery in Germany, November 14, 1944,   pp. 5-8 PDF (1.4 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59
dom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, each in his own
zone of occupation, and also jointly, in matters affecting Germany as
a whole, in their capacity as members of the supreme organ of control
constituted under the present Agreement.
ARTICLE 2.
Each Commander-in-Chief in his zone of occupation will have
attached to him military, naval and air representatives of the other
two Commanders-in-Chief for liaison duties.
ARTICiL 3.
(a) The three Commanders-in-Chief, acting together as a body,
will constitute a supreme organ of control called the Control Council.
(b) The functions of the Control Council will be:-
(i) to ensure appropriate uniformity of action by the Com-
manders-in-Chief in their respective zones of occupation;
(ii) to initiate plans and reach agreed decisions on the chief
military, political, economic and other questions affecting Ger-
many as a whole, on the basis of instructions received by each
Commander-in-Chief from his Government;
(iii) to control the German central administration, which will
operate under the direction of the Control Council and will be
responsible to it for ensuring compliance with its demands;
(iv) to direct the administration of "Greater Berlin" through
appropriate organs.
(c) The Control Council will meet at least once in ten days; and it
will meet at any time upon request of any one of its members. Deci-
sions of the Control Council shall be unanimous. The chairmanship
of the Control Council will be held in rotation by each of its three
members.
(d) Each member of the Control Council will be assisted by a
political adviser, who will, when necessary, attend meetings of the
Control Council. Each member of the Control Council may also,
when necessary, be assisted at meetings of the Council by naval or air
advisers.
ARTICLE 4.
A permanent Co-ordinating Committee will be established under
the Control Council, composed of one representative of each of the
three Commanders-in-Chief, not below the rank of General Officer or
the equivalent rank in the naval or air forces. Members of the Co-
ordinating Committee will, when necessary, attend meetings of the
Control Council.
ARTICLE 5.
The duties of the Co-ordinating Committee, acting on behalf of the
Control Council and through the Control Staff, will include
(a) the carrying out of the decisions of the Control Council
(b) the day-to-day supervision and control of the activities
of the German central administration and institutions;
(c) the co-ordination of current problems which call for uni-
form measures in all three zones;


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