Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
Statement of principles for Berlin, by the Allied (Western) Kommandatura, May 14, 1949, pp. 60-62 PDF (1.2 MB)
60 DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59 3. Eleven days subsequent to the removal of the restrictions re- ferred to in paragraphs one and two, namely, on May 23, 1949, a meet- ing of the Council of Foreign Ministers will be convened in Paris to consider questions relating to Germany and problems arising out of the situation in Berlin, including also the question of currency in Berlin. Statement of Principles for Berlin, by the Allied (Western) Kommandatura, May 14, 1949' STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES GOVERNING THE RELA- TIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ALLIED KOMMANDATURA AND GREATER BERLIN 1. (a) Greater Berlin shall have, subject only to the limitations set out in this statement, full legislative and executive- and judicial powers in accordance with the Temporary Constitution of 1946 or with any subsequent Constitution adopted by the City Assembly and approved by the Allied Kommandatura in accordance with the pro- visions of this statement; (b) Article 36 of the Temporary Constitution of Berlin will be held in suspense and BK/O (47)34 and BK/O (47)56 which were issued in implementation of that article, will be annulled. 2. In order to ensure the accomplishment of the basic purpose of Occupation, powers in the following fields are specifically reserved to the Allied Kommandatura, including the right to request and verify information and statistics needed by the Occupation Author- ities. (a) Disarmament and demilitarization, including related fields of scientific research, prohibitions and restrictions on industry and civil aviation; (b) Restitution, reparations, decartelization, deconcentration, non-discrimination in trade matters, foreign interests in Berlin and claims against Berlin, or its inhabitants; (c) Relations with authorities abroad; (d) Displaced persons and the admission of refugees; (e) Protection, prestige and security of Allied Forces, de- pendents, employees and representatives, their immunities and satisfaction of occupation costs and their other requirements; (f) Respect for the Temporary Constitution of Berlin of 1946 or of any Constitution which may be approved by the Allied Kommandatura to replace the Temporary Constitution; (g) Control over foreign trade and exchange; (h) Control over internal action, only to the minimum extent necessary to ensure use of funds, food and other supplies in such manner as to reduce; to a minimum the need for external assist- ance to Berlin; (i) Control of the care and treatment in German prisons of persons charged before or sentenced by the courts or tribunals of the Occupying Powers or Occupation Authorities; over the 'Berlin: Development of Its Government and Administration: (Monograph No. 16, HICOG Historical Division), pp. 1,92-195.
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