Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
Four-Power communiqué, on agreement on lifting the Berlin blockade, New York, May 4, 1949, pp. 59-60 PDF (807.1 KB)
DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59 59 Powers, was to make clear that the points under discussion were the following: 1. Reciprocal and simultaneous lifting of the restrictions im- posed by the Soviet Union since March 1, 1948, on communica- tions, transportation, and trade between Berlin and the Western zones of Germay and the restrictions imposed by the Three Powers on communications, transportation, and trade to and from the East zone of Germany. 2. The fixing of a date to be determined for a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. The Western Powers wished to be sure that these two points were not conditioned in the understanding of the Soviet Government on any of the other points which in the past had prevented agreement upon the lifting of the blockade. The statement summarized the understanding of the three Govern- ments of the position which the Soviet Government took concerning the proposal of lifting the blockade and the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. Its purpose was to make unmistakably clear that the position of the Soviet Government was as now stated in the release of the Tass Agency. On April 10 Mr. Malik again asked Mr. Jessup to call upon him at that time and again stated the position of the Soviet Government. From this statement it appeared that there were still certain points requiring clarification. As a result of this meeting, further discussions took place between the three Governments, which have resulted in a more detailed formu- lation of their position, which will be conveyed by Mr. Jessup to Mr. Malik. If the present position of the Soviet Government is as stated in the Tass Agency. release as published in the American press, the way appears clear for a lifting of the blockade and a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. No final conclusion upon this can be reached until further exchanges of view with Mr. Malik. Four-Power Communique, on Agreement on Lifting the Berlin Blockade, New York, May 4, 19491 The Governments of France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Repub- lics, the. United Kingdom, and the United States have reached the following agreement: 1. All the restrictions imposed since March 1, 1948 by the Govern- ment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on communications, transportation, and trade between Berlin and the Western zones of Germany and between the Eastern zone and the Western zones will be removed on May 12, 1949. 2. All the restrictions imposed since March 1, 1948 by the Govern- ments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, or any one of them, on communications, transportation, and trade between Berlin and the Eastern zone and between the Western and Eastern zones of Germany will also be removed on May 12, 1949. 1 Germany, 1947-1949: The Story in Documents,,p. 274.
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