Documents on Germany, 1944-1959: background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
Western declaration on Germany, the European Defense Community, and Berlin, May 27, 1952, pp. 102-103 PDF (826.1 KB)
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and Greater Berlin of 14th May, 1949, as modified by the First Instrument of Revision, dated 7th March, 1951, will be repealed., Western Declaration on Germany, the European Defense Community, and Berlin, May 27, 19521 The Governments of France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and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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