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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)


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90           -DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 19 4 4-5 9
and the German people, on the other, had common objectives and in-
deed a good deal of common ground on the basis of which they could
all cooperate to set up the edifice of a free, united, and democratic
Germany.
30. The Commission was anxious, if possible, to meet simultaneously
with the authorities in the Federal Republic as well as in the Soviet
Zone of Germany on the same date, and similarly to meet with the
authorities in the Western Sectors and in the Eastern Sector of Berlin
on the same date. It was for this reason that, in its letters to the
Allied High Commission and the Soviet Control Commission, the
Commission had suggested meetings with the authorities in both
Western and Eastern Germany on the same dates. If the meetings it
had suggested came about, it was the Commissionis intention to divide
itself into two groups so as to be able to meet simultaneously with
those authorities.
31. After considering its rules regarding the quorum required for
its meetings and its voting procedure, the Commission adjourned to
meet again on 10 March. It was decided that during the period of
,the adjournment a draft memorandum would be prepared concerning
the arrangements deemed necessary by the Commission to enable it
to undertake its work which would serve as a basis for discussions at
the projected meetings of the Commission with the authorities in
Germany. It was hoped that, by 10 March, replies would have been
received from the Allied High Commission and the Soviet Control
-Conmnission.
32. The Commission next met from 10 to 15 March to consider the
situation. To its letter dated 22 February 1952 to the Chairman of the
Allied High Commission, the Commission had received a reply dated
1 March 1952, to the effect that the Chancellor of the Federal Repub-
lic of Germany and certain of his colleagues in the Federal Cabinet
would be glad to meet with the Commission on 17 March in Bonn and
that the Federal Government was further prepared "to afford the mem-
-bers of the Commission every possible assistance in the performance
of their important task". The Commission was further informed that
representatives of the (West) Berlin Senate proposed to meet with
the Commission on 21 March 1952 in Berlin.
33. Not having received a reply from the Soviet Control Commis-
sion by 10 March, the Commission decided to write again to Gen-
eral Chuikov, Chairman of the Soviet Control Commission for Ger-
-many. In its second letter to General Chuikov dated 10 March, the
Commission again stated its wish to meet with the appropriate au-
thorities in the Soviet Zone of Germany and in the Eastern Sector of
Berlin to discuss with them the arrangements deemed necessary by it
to enable it to undertake its work, and requested that this fact be
conveyed to those authorities. The Commission again suggested that
it would appreciate if arrangements could be made to enable it to meet
with those authorities on 17 and 21 March respectively. The Com-
mission informed General Chuikov that it was confirming arrange-
.ments to meet with the authorities in the Federal Republic of Ger-
many and in the Western Sectors of Berlin on 17 and 21 March re-
spectively. It requested a reply from General Chuikov by 12 noon of
14 March, in view of the necessity to make final its travel arrangements
by Friday 14 March. This letter was sent both by telegram and air


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