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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)

British (Eden) plan for German reunification in freedom, January 29, 1954,   pp. 115-117 PDF (1.1 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59
(c) Supervision of the elections
Supervision should be carried out by a supervisory commission
throughout the whole of Germany. There should be a central
body with subordinate bodies at land and local levels. All votes
should be counted and verified at local headquarters in the pres-
ence of the Supervisory Commission.
(i) Composition of Supervisory Commission
The Commission should be composed of representatives
of the Four Powers, with or without the participation of
neutrals.
(ii) Organization of the Commission
The Commission should work on a committee basis.
Its decisions should be taken by majority vote.
(iii) Functions and powers of the Commission
The principal task of the Commission will be to insure
that the elections take place in genuine freedom and in
strict conformity with the provisions of the electoral law.
(2) METHOD FOR COMPLETING THE ABOVE PREPARATIONS
The Foreign Ministers must in the first place agree on the principles
contained in this plan. They will then give instructions accordingly
to a working group, consisting of the High Commissioners in Germany
of the Four Powers, or their representatives, which will work out the
necessary details and submit a report.
This report should include, in particular:
(1) the draft of the all-German electoral law;
(2) detailed recommendations regarding the supervision of the
elections.
The working group should begin work not'later than 2 weeks after
the conclusion of the Berlin conference. It should submit its report
to the four Governments not later than 1 month after beginning its
work.
II. THEF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
The all-German elections will establish an all-German national as-
sembly. The first task of this assembly will be the preparation of a
constitution.
During the period between the end of the elections and the full as-
sumption of control by the all-German government, it will be desirable
for part of the supervisory machinery to remain in operation, in order
to prevent action after the elections which would impair the conditions
of genuine freedom under which they will have been held. Recom-
mendations on this subject should be included in the report of the
working group.
III. DRAFTING OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A
PROVISIONAL ALL-GERMAN AUTHORITY
The national assembly will begin drafting the constitution as soon
as possible after its meeting. Meanwhile, it may form a provisional
all-German authority charged with assisting the assembly in drafting
the constitution and with preparing the nucleus of the future all-Ger-
man ministries. If the assembly so decides, the authority may also


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