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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)

Paris protocols amending the Brussels Treaty and establishing the Western European Union, October 23, 1954,   pp. 124-141 PDF (6.2 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-5 9
ARTICLE 3
If at any time during the Annual Review recommendations are put
forward, the effect of which would be to increase the level of forces
above the limits specified in Articles 1 and 2, the acceptance by the
country concerned of such recommended increases shall be subject to
the unanimous approval of the High Contracting Parties to the pres-
ent Protocol expressed either in the Council of Western European
Union or in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
ARTICLE 4
In order that it may establish that the limits specified in Articles 1
and 2 are being observed, the Council of Western European Union
will regularly receive information acquired as a result of inspections
carried out by the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Such in-
formation will be transmitted by a high-ranking officer designated for
the purpose by the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
ARTICLE 5
The strength and armaments' of the internal defence and police
forces, on the mainland of Europe of the High Contracting Parties
to the present Protocol shall be fixed by agreements within the Or-
ganisation of Western European Union, having regard to their proper
functions and needs and to their existing levels.
ARTICLE 6
Her Majesty The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland will continue to maintain on the mainland of
Europe, including Germany, the effective strength of the United
Kingdom forces which are now assigned to the Supreme Allied Com-
mander, Europe, that is to say, four divisions and the Second Tactical
Air Force, or such other forces as the Supreme Allied Commander,
Europe, regards as having equivalent fighting capacity. Her Majesty
udertakes not 'to withdraw these forces against the wishes of the
majority of the High Contracting Parties who should take their
decision in the knowledge of the views of the Supreme Allied Comr-
inander, Europe. This undertaking shall not, however, bind Her
Majesty in the event of an acute overseas emergency. If the mainte-
nance.-.of the United Kingdom forces on the mainland of Europe
throws at'any time too great a strain on the external finances of the
United Kingdom, Her Majesty will, through Her Government in the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, invite the
North Atlantic Council to review the financial conditions on which
the United Kingdom formations are maintained.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF) the above-mentioned Plenipotentiaries have
signed the present Protocol, being one of the Protocols listed in
Article 1 of the Protocol Modifying and Completing the Treaty, and
have affixed thereto their seals.
Done at Paris this 23rd day of October, 1954, in two texts in the
English and French languages, each text being equally authoritative,
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