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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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92            DOCUMENTS ON. GERMANY, 19 4 4-5 9
its visit to Germany due to his indisposition, and the Government of
Pakistan appointed Mr. Omar Hayat Malik, its Ambassador to the
Federal Republic of Germany, to take his Place pending Mr. Abbasi's
return to the Commission. The Commission would like to place on
record its appreciation of the services rendered by Mr. Malik, who
was called at very short notice to assist it.
38. On 17 March, the Commission met with the Allied High Com-
mission and submitted to it the memorandum already referred to.
In submitting it, the Chairman stated that the memorandum was
coVehed in broad and general terms, as it was the Commission's view
that at the present stage it might not be necessary to dwell on numer-
ous details. If agreement on the terms of the memorandum could be
reached, then it would be the Commission's view that, within the broad
scope of that agreement, any detailed arrangements subsequently
deemed necessary could be made with the authorities concerned. He
added that he and his colleagues felt that the assurances they were
seeking from the responsible authorities in Germany were of very
great and fundamental importance for the fulfilment of the task en-
trusted to the Commission by the United Nations. The Commission
could hope to fulfil its mission faithfully and successfully only if the
German people, as a result of the assurances and guarantees it was
requesting, felt assured that they could co-operate with the Commis-
sion without fear and in perfect freedom. It had come to the con-
clusion, therefore, that it would be necessary to conclude a written
agreement regarding the subject matter of the memorandum with all
the responsible authorities in Germany. The Commission hoped to
be able to make uniform arrangements with and secure uniform assur-
ances from all those authorities. It considered it essential that in all
parts of Germany all the people should have the same safeguards
and that the United Nations Commission should receive in all parts
of Germany identic facilities. The Chairman stated, in conclusion,
that he and his colleagues would also like to discuss with the Allied
High Commission the question whether it would not be necessary, in
view of the fact that the Governments the Allied High Commission
represented exercised supreme responsibility in Germany, for the two
Commissions to conclude an agreement, at least in regard to those
issues raised in the memorandum which possibly fell within the scope
of the powers that were reserved to itself by the Allied High Com-
mission. - The Allied High Commission might also want to convey to
the United Nations Commission formally that it would be prepared
to grant it the facilities and assurances it required.
39. Mr. Francois-Poncet, Chairman of the Council of the Allied
High Commission, in his reply on behalf of his colleagues, stated that
there was nothing in the memorandum that called for a reservation or
a negative reply on the part of the Allied High Commission and that
he could forthwith give the Commission the formal assurance that
the Allied High Commission would assist it in every way possible.
In so far as it was possible within the limits of its competence, the
Allied High Commission would grant the United Nations Commis-
sion the guarantees and facilities it had specified in its memorandum.
The Allied High Commission sent a formal reply on these lines the
same day. At a meeting held on 19 March, the Commission took
note of the reply, expressing its satisfaction therewith.


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