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Note from the American Embassy at Moscow to the Soviet Foreign Ministry, regarding the Soviet draft of a German peace treaty, March 25, 1952, pp. 87-88 PDF (896.3 KB)
DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-5 9 87 internal affairs, to conduct meetings and assembly, to enjoy freedom of press and publication. (5) The existence of organizations inimical to democracy and to, the maintenance of peace must not be permitted on the territory of- Germany. (6) Civil and political rights equal to all other German citizens, for participation in the building of, peace-loving democratic Germany must be made available to all former members of the German army, including officers and generals, all former Nazis, excluding those who are serving court sentences for commission of crimes. (7) Germany obligates itself not to enter into any kind of coalition or military alliance directed against any power which took part with its armed forces in the war against Germany. Territory The territory of Germany is defined by the borders established by the provisions of the Potsdam Conference of the Great Powers. Economic Provisions No kind of limitations are imposed on Germany as to development of its peaceful economy, which must contribute to the growth of the welfare of the German people. Likewise, Germany will have no kind of limitation as regards trade with other countries, navigation and access to world markets. .2Military Provisions (1) Germany will be permitted to have its own national armed forces (land, air, and sea) which are necessary for the defense of the country. (2) Germany is permitted to produce war materials and equipment, the quantity and type of which must not exceed the limitations re- quired for the armed forces established for Germany by the peace treaty. Germany and the United Nations Organization The governments concluding a peace treaty with Germany will support the application of Germany for acceptance as a member of the United Nations Organization. Note from the American Embassy at Moscow to the Soviet Foreign Ming-tr, -Regarding the Soviet Draft of a German Peace Treaty, March -25, 19521 The United States Government, in consultation with the Govern- ments of the United Kingdom and France, has given the most careful consideration to the Soviet Government's note of March 10, 1952, which proposed the conclusion of a peace treaty with Germany. They have also consulted the Government of the German Federal Republic and the representatives of Berlin. The conclusion of a just and lasting peace treaty which would end the division of Germany has always been and remains an essential, 'America'. Foreign Policy, 1950-1955: Basic Documents (Department of State publica-. tion 6446),- vol. II, pp. 1797-179& The British and French Embassies delivered similar notes on the same date.
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