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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)

Western declaration on Germany, the European Defense Community, and Berlin, May 27, 1952,   pp. 102-103 PDF (826.1 KB)


Page 102

102          DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59
Berlin legislation will be subject to repeal or annulment by the Allied
Kommandatura.
VIII
In order to enable them to fulfil their obligations under this declara-
tion, the Allied authorities shall have the right to request and obtain
such information and statistics as they deem necessary.
Ix
The Allied Kommandatura will modify the provisions of this dec-
laration as the situation in Berlin permits.
x
Upon the effective date of this declaration the Statement of Prin-
ciples Governing the Relationship between the Allied Kommandatura
and Greater Berlin of 14th May, 1949, as modified by the First
Instrument of Revision, dated 7th March, 1951, will be repealed.,
Western Declaration on Germany, the European Defense
Community, and Berlin, May 27, 19521
The Governments of France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America have signed
conventions with the German Federal Republic which will establish
a new relationship with that country. These conventions, as well as
the treaties for a European Defense Community and a European Coal
and Steel Community, of which France is a signatory, provide a
new basis for uniting Europe and for the realization of Germany's
partnership in the European Community. They are designed to
prevent the resurgence of former tensions and conflicts among the
free nations of Europe and any future revival of aggressive mili-
tarism. They make possible the removal of the special restraints
hitherto imposed on the Federal Republic of Germany and permit its
participation as an equal partner in Western defense.
These conventions and treaties respond to the desire to provide by
united efforts for the prosperity and security of Western Europe.
The Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States con-
sider that the establishment and development of these institutions of
the European Community correspond to their own basic interests and
will therefore lend them every possible cooperation and support.
Moreover, Western Defense is a common enterprise in which the
Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States are
already partners through membership of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization.
These bonds are now strengthened by the system of reciprocal
guarantees agreed to between the member States of the European
Defense Community, between these member States and the United
Kingdom and also between these member States and the member
States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
1 Ibid., vol. I, pp. 1197-1198.


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