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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
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Agreement on a revised internal proceedure for the Allied (Western) Kommandatura, June 7, 1949,   pp. 62-63 PDF (819.8 KB)


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as circumstances warrant, to communicate with relatives, and to have
a fair, prompt trial.
7. Orders and instructions of the Allied Kommandatura or the
Sector Milita ry Governments, issued before the date of this statement,
shall remain in force until repealed or amended by the Allied Kom-
mandatura or the Sector Military Governments as appropriate in
accordance with the following provisions:
(a) The Allied Kommandatura and Sector Military Govern-
ment orders or instructions relating to reserved subjects will re-
main in force and will be codified;
(b) The Allied Kommandatura and Sector Military Govern-
ments will, as soon as possible, cancel all orders and instructions
which are inconsistent with this statement. It may be necessary
for certain of these orders and instructions to remain in force
until they are replaced by City legislation. In such cases, the
Allied Kommandatura or the Sector Military Government, as
appropriate, will repeal such orders and instructions on the re-
quest of the City Government.
Agreement on a Revised Internal Procedure for the Allied
(Western) Kommandatura, June 7, 19491
1. The Allied Kommandatura, composed of the Commandants of
the United States, French, and British Sectors, their Deputies, and the
necessary technical committees and staffs shall continue as the Agency
for the Allied control of Berlin.
2. The nature and extent of controls exercised by the Allied Kom-
mandatura shall be in harmony with the memorandum forwarded to
the Oberbuergermeister setting out the principles which shall govern
the relationship between the Allied Kommandatura and Greater Ber-
lin, and also with any relevant international agreements made by the
respective governments.
.3. In order to permit Greater Berlin to exercise increased respon-
sibilities over domestic affairs, and to reduce the burden of Occupation
costs, staff personnel shall be kept to a minimum.
4. In the exercise of the powers reserved to the Allied Kommanda-
tura to approve amendments to the Temporary Constitution of Berlin
of 1946, or approve any new Constitution drawn up by the City As-
sembly to replace the Temporary Constitution, or to approve amend-
ments to any such new Constitution, the decisions of the Allied Kom-
mandatura shall require unanimous agreement.
5. On all other matters action shall be by majority vote.
6. (a) The Allied Kommandatura shall not alter or modify any
intergovernmental agreement, or any decision of the Allied High
Commission, without approval by the Allied High Commission for
such action.
(b) If a Commandant considers that a majority decision conflicts
with any intergovernmental agreement, or any decision of the Allied
High Commission, or with the fundamental principles for the conduct
of Germany's external relations, or with matters essential to the sen-
'Ibid., pp. 200-201.
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