Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
Second report of the United Nations commission to investigate conditions for free elections in Germany, August 5, 1952, pp. 103-107 PDF (2.3 MB)
DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59 103 For these various reasons, including the fact that these new guar- -antees will apply to the States concerned only as members of one or the other of these organizations, the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States have an abiding interest, as has the CGovernment- of France, in -the effectiveness of the treaty creating the European Defense Community and in the strength and integrity of that Community. Accordingly, if any action from whatever quarter -threatens the integrity or unity of the Community, the two Govern- ments will regard this as a threat to their own security. They will act in accordance with Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty. More- over, they have each expressed their resolve to station such forces on the continent of Europe, including the Federal Republic of Ger- -many, as they deem necessary and appropriate to contribute to the joint defense of the North Atlantic Treaty area, having regard to -their obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty, their interest in the integrity of the European Defense Community, and their special -responsibilities in Germany. The security and welfare of Berlin and the maintenance of the -position of the three powers there are regarded by the three powers as essential elements of the peace of the free world in the present international situation. Accordingly, they will maintain armed -forces within the territory of Berlin as long as their responsibilities -require it. They therefore reaffirm that they will treat any attack against Berlin from any quarter as an attack upon their forces and themselves. These new security guarantees supersede the assurances contained -in the declaration of the. Foreign, Ministers of France, the United 'Kingdom and the United States at-New York on September 19th, 1950. Second Report of the United Nations Commission to Investigate Conditions for Free Elections in Germany, August 5, 19521 1. The United Nations Commission to investigate Conditions for Free Elections in Germany submits to the Secretary-General the present report covering its work during the period from May to August 1952 in pursuance of the direction given to it by the General Assembly of the United Nations. 2. In compliance with the direction given to it under the terms of paragraph 4(a) of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 20 December 1951 (resolution 510(VI)) on the agenda item en- titled "Appointment of an impartial international commission under United Nations supervision to carry out a simultaneous investigation in the Federal Republic of Germany, in Berlin, and in the Soviet Zone of Germany in order to determine whether existing conditions there make it possible to hold genuinely free elections throughout these areas", the Commission submitted on 1 May 1952 [30 Ap'ril] its report on the results of its efforts to make the necessary arrangements with all the parties concerned to enable it to undertake its work ac- cording to the terms of the said resolution. 1 Ibid., vol. II, pp. 1814-1819. Excerpts from the first report (April 3G, 1952) are printed 8upra.
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