of Association by Other Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty adopted by
the North Atlantic Council
Paris, 22 October 1954
The North Atlantic Council:
Welcoming the declaration made in London by the Government of the Federal
Republic of Germany on October 3, 1954 (Annex A), and the related declaration
made on the same occasion by the Governments of the United States of America,
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French
Republic (Annex B),
Notes with satisfaction that the representatives of the other Parties
to the North Atlantic Treaty have, on behalf of their Governments, today
associated themselves with the aforesaid declaration of the Three Powers.
DECLARATION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
The Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to conduct its
policy in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United
Nations and accepts the obligations set forth in Article 2 of the Charter.
Upon her accession to the North Atlantic Treaty and the Brussels Treaty,
the Federal Republic of Germany declares that she will refrain from any
action inconsistent with the strictly defensive character of the two Treaties.
In particular, the Federal Republic of Germany undertakes never to have
recourse to force to achieve the re-unification of Germany or the modification
of the present boundaries of the Federal Republic of Germany, and to resolve
by peaceful means any disputes which may arise between the Federal Republic
and other States.
DECLARATION BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
UNITED KINGDOM AND FRANCE
The Governments of the United States of America, the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic,
Being resolved to devote their efforts to the strengthening of peace in
accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and in particular with
the obligations set forth in Article 2 of the Charter:
- to settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such
a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered;
- to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use
of force against the territorial integrity or political independence
of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes
of the United Nations;
- to give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes
in accordance with the Charter, and to refrain from giving assistance
to any State against which the United Nations take preventive or enforcement
- to ensure that States which are not Members of the United Nations
act in accordance with the principles of the Charter so far as may be
necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security;
Having regard to the purely defensive character of the
Atlantic Alliance which is manifest in the North Atlantic Treaty, wherein
they reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter
of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples
and all Governments, and undertake to settle their international disputes
by peaceful means in accordance with the principles of the Charter and
to refrain, in accordance with those principles, from the threat or use
of force in their international relations;
Take note that the Federal Republic of Germany has by a
Declaration dated 3 October 1954 accepted the obligations set forth in
Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations and has undertaken never
to have recourse to force to achieve the renification of Germany or the
modification of the present boundaries of the Federal Republic of Germany,
and to resolve by peaceful means any disputes which may arise between
the Federal Republic and other States;
- They consider the Government of the Federal Republic as the only
German Government freely and legitimately constituted and therefore
entitled to speak for Germany as the representaive of the German people
in international affairs.
- In their relations with the Federal Republic they will follow the
principles set out in Article 2 of the United Nations Charter.
- A peace settlement for the whole of Germany, freely negotiated between
Germany and her former enemies, which should lay the foundation of a
lasting peace, remains an essential aim of their policy. The final determination
of the boundaries of Germany must await such a settlement.
- The achievement through peaceful means of a fully free and unified
Germany remains a fundamental goal of their policy.
- The security and welfare of Berlin and the maintenance of the position
of the Three Powers there are regarded by the Three Powers as essential
elements of the peace of the free world in the present international
situation. Accordingly they will maintain armed forces within the territory
of Berlin as long as their responsibilities require it. They therefore
reaffirm that they will treat any attack against Berlin from any quarter
as an attack upon their forces and themselves.
- They will regard as a threat to their own peace and safety any recourse
to force which in violation of the principles of the United Nations
Charter threatens the integrity and unity of the Atlantic Alliance or
its defensive purposes. In the event of any such action, the three Governments,
for their part, will consider the offending Government as having forfeited
its rights to any guarantee and any military assistance provided for
in the North Atlantic Treaty and its Protocols. They will act in accordance
with Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty with a view to taking other
measures which may be appropriate.
- They will invite the association of other Member States of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation with this Declaration.