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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)

First report of the United Nations commission to investigate conditions for free elections in Germany, April 30, 1952 [extract],   pp. 89-98 PDF (4.6 MB)


Page 89

DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY 1944-59
First Report of the United Nations Commission to Investigate
Conditions for Free Elections in Germany, April 30,1952
[Extract]
Section 1. Preparatory work in Paris and Geneva
27. The United Nations Commission to investigate Conditions for
Free Elections in Germany, * * * held its first meeting on 11 Febru-
ary 1952 in the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Commission held two
more meetings in Paris, one informal and the other formal, before its
move to Geneva. At these meetings, the Commission decided on its
name, the procedure governing its chairmanship and its headquarters.
It also decided, while in Paris, that its first task after it had recon-
vened in Geneva would be to address the responsible authorities in
Germany regarding the arrangements deemed necessary by the Com-
mission to enable it to undertake its work in accordance with the terms
of General Assembly resolution 510(VI). Drafts of the letters that
it proposed to address to the Chairman of the Allied High Commis.
sion for Germany and to the Chairman of the Soviet Control Com-
mission for Germany were tentatively considered and it was decided
to postpone further action to a later meeting to be held in Geneva.
28. At meetings held in Geneva on 21 and 22 February, the Com-
mission approved the text of its letters to the Chairman of the Allied
High Commission for Germany and to the Chairman of the Soviet
Control Commission for Germany. It decided that it would send the
letters by telegram as well as by air mail and would make the texts
available to the Press forty-eight hours after their despatch by tele-
gram.
29. In its letter dated 22 February 1952 to the Chairman of the
Allied High Commission, the Commission sought his good offices to
transmit to the appropriate authorities in the Federal Republic of
-Germany and in the Western Sectors of Berlin the wish of the Com-
mission to discuss with those authorities the arrangements deemed
necessary by it to enable it to undertake its work. The Commission
stated further that it would appreciate it if arrangements could be
made to hold a meeting on 17 March with the authorities of the Fed-
eral Republic, and another on 21 March with the authorities of the
Western Sectors of Berlin. In its letter dated 22 February 1952 to
the Chairman of the Soviet Control Commission, the Commission
similarly sought his good offices to transmit to the appropriate author-
ities in the Soviet Zone of Germany and in the Eastern Sector of Ber-
lin the wish of the Commission to discuss with those authorities the
arrangements deemed necessary by it to enable it to undertake its
work. The Commission stated further that it would appreciate it if
arrangements could be made to hold a meeting on 17 March with the
authorities of the Soviet Zone of Germany and another on 21 March
with the authorities of the Eastern Sector of Berlin. The Commis-
sion asked to be informed of the places designated by the authorities
concerned for the meetings it had suggested. It stated that both
the Commission, on the one hand, and all the authorities in Germany
lIbid., pp. 1798-180;9) The full text of the first report appears in UN doc.
A/2122,
May 5, 1952. For the second report (August 5, 1952), see infra. The Commission
was
established by General Assembly resolution 510 (VI), December 290, 1951 (American
For-
eign Policy, 1950-1955, vol. II, pp. 1795-1797).


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