740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–849
List of Papers Agreed by the Foreign Ministers of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Agreements on Germany
The Foreign Ministers of France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, having met in Washington, have reached agreement on the documents listed below:1
- Agreed Memorandum regarding the Principles Governing Exercise of Powers and Responsibilities of US–UK–French Governments following Establishment of German Federal Republic.
- Occupation Statute Defining the Powers To Be Retained by the Occupation Authorities.
- Agreement as to Tripartite Controls.
- Agreed Minute respecting Berlin.
- Agreed Minute on Claims against Germany.
- Agreed Minute on Wuerttemberg–Baden Plebiscite.
- Agreement regarding Kehl.
- Message to the Military Governors from the Foreign Ministers of the US, UK and France.
- Message to the Bonn Parliamentary Council from the Foreign Ministers of the US, UK and France.
The Foreign Ministers confirmed and approved the agreements made on plant dismantling, prohibited and restricted industries, and the establishment of the Ruhr Authority, all of which were recently negotiated in London.2
|Robert Schuman||Ernest Bevin||Dean Acheson|
|Minister for Foreign Affairs of the French Republic||Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs United Kingdom||Secretary of State of the United States of America|
- A photograph of the three Foreign Ministers following the signing of the agreements on Germany will be found following page 642.↩
- For reference to these agreements, see p. 173, footnote 9.↩
- For the text of the Declaration regarding the Defeat of Germany and the Assumption of Supreme Authority with respect to Germany by the Governments of the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union, and France, see Ruhm von Oppen, Documents on Germany, pp. 29–35, or Department of State, Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS) No. 1520.↩
Following the agreement on the occupation statute for Western Germany, the three Western Military Governors discussed a separate statute for the Western sectors of Berlin, which would assume the same principles as far as practicable. This statement of principles governing the relationships between the Allied Kommandatura and Greater Berlin, promulgated by the Western Military Governors on May 14, is printed in Germany 1947–1949, pp. 324–326. Documentation relating to its negotiation is in file 740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–849 through 5–1449.
At the same time the internal procedures of the Allied Kommandatura were revised to conform to the agreement on tripartite controls. The text of the new procedures, agreed on May 14, was transmitted in telegram 729, May 14, from Berlin, not printed (740.00119 Control (Germany)/5–1449).
A photograph of the signing of the new Berlin statutes will be found following page 642.↩
- A paper in the Department of State files, apparently prepared in the Department of the Army, dated April 6, not printed, traces the development of the Basic Law and the Military Governors’ respective positions on it through the end of March. In this paper it was suggested that two courses of action could be taken: the Foreign Ministers could change their policy which required a federal structure for Germany and accept the German proposals or adhere to the position of the Military Governors which required further changes by the Germans. If the second alternative were taken the Military Governors would either decline further discussion with the Germans or propose further discussions with the idea of clarifying the Military Governors’ position. The paper proposed that if the latter step were taken a proposal should be made by the Military Governors to indicate their views and gave the text of such a statement. The content of this proposal reflects exactly the ideas and wording of sub-paragraphs a, b, c i–iii, of Paper H, although its drafting form is different. (740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–649)↩
- Ante, p. 179.↩