740.00/4–150: Telegram

The United States High Commissioner for Germany ( McCloy ) to the Secretary of State


129. Following is text of letter transmitted by HICOM to Dr. Adenauer’s office at 1630 hours 1 April, 1950.

“I am directed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to make the following communication to the German Federal Government:

Article 5 of the Statute of the Council of Europe provides that, in special circumstances, a European country, which is deemed to be willing and able to fulfill the provisions of Article 3, may be invited by the Committee of Ministers to become an associate member of the Council of Europe. Having in mind the desirability of associating Germany with those European countries which are determined to preserve their democratic way of life, the Committee of Ministers hereby extends a formal invitation to the German Federal Republic to become an associate member of the Council of Europe.

In conveying this invitation, the Committee of Ministers desires me to draw the attention of the German Federal Government to the fact that it would be necessary, in accordance with Article 5 of the statute, for that government to deposit with myself an instrument accepting the statute. Such an instrument should state that the German Federal Republic is willing to accept the guiding principles and aims of the Council of Europe as set forth in the preamble to and in Article 3 of the statute; a copy of the statute is transmitted herewith.

I am further to state that the number of representatives on the Consultative Assembly to which Germany would be entitled would be 18 and the contribution to be paid by Germany would be 126,000,000 French francs for the present financial year.

I am, sir, your most obedient and humble servant, Secretary-General Council of Europe.”

Sent Department 129; repeated Frankfort 143, Paris 43, London 39.