Full text: Das Saarland zwischen Frankreich, Deutschland und Europa

and new associate members to the Council. The question at issue is whether we 
should have Germany in. 
2. Cabinet yesterday agreed that I should take the following line at the Committee 
of Ministers on the 3rd November: 
(a) That the Committee should make a declaration that, if the German Federal 
Republic desires to accede as an associate member and is prepared to subscribe to 
the provisions of Article 3 of the Statute, the Governments concerned will at once 
issue an invitation to it under Article 5.s 
(b) That the Committee should make a similar declaration in respect of the Saar, on 
the assumption that such action will be necessary in order to induce the French 
Government to agree to (a) above. 
(c) That the Committee should postpone a decision regarding the admission of 
Austria until the fate of the peace treaty negotiations is clearer. 
3. It seems to us that since the Council of Europe is a focus for European co¬ 
operation and we have promised to incorporate Germany into the Western system, 
the Council is the most suitable body with which to begin the process. We think 
she should be invited as an associate member and not as a full member since she 
does not as yet control her foreign policy and we have information to the effect that 
the German Chancellor would be perfectly happy with associate membership. 
Moreover, it is most unlikely that the French would agree to full membership now. 
4. We do not think there is a chance of the French agreeing even to associate 
membership for Germany unless a similar move is made for the Saar. We feel we 
must do something to break the deadlock. Consequently provided that we manage 
to induce the French to say that, just as in the case of Germany, they would have no 
objection to the Saar eventually joining as a full member, we feel that we should 
agree with the French view that it should have associate membership now. For if 
the Saar ever should join as a full member it will be clear that as an independent 
State it would possess the inherent right of eventually choosing between remaining 
x Die Quellen beziehen sich auf folgende Artikel der Satzung des Europarates vom 5.5.1949: 
„Kapitel I. Aufgabe des Europarates. Art. 1: a) der Europarat hat zur Aufgabe, eine engere 
Verbindung zwischen seinen Mitgliedern zum Schutze und zur Förderung der Ideale und 
Grundsätze, die ihr gemeinsames Erbe bilden, herzustellen und ihren wirtschaftlichen und 
sozialen Fortschritt zu fördern, b) Diese Aufgabe wird von den Organen des Rates erfüllt durch 
die Beratung von Fragen von gemeinsamem Interesse, durch den Abschluß von Abkommen und 
durch gemeinschaftliches Vorgehen auf wirtschaftlichem, sozialem, kulturellem und 
wissenschaftlichem Gebiet und auf den Gebieten des Rechts und der Verwaltung sowie durch 
den Schutz und die Fortentwicklung der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten. [...] Kapitel II. 
Zusammensetzung. [...] Art. 3: Jedes Mitglied des Europarates erkennt den Grundsatz der 
Vorherrschaft des Rechts und den Grundsatz an, daß jeder, der seiner Hoheitsgewalt unterliegt, 
der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten teilhaftig werden soll. Es verpflichtet sich, bei der 
Erfüllung der in Kapitel I bestimmten Aufgaben aufrichtig und tatkräftig mitzuarbeiten.“ Art. 5 
regelt die Prozeduren für die Aufnahme assoziierter Mitglieder. Die Satzung ist u.a. abgedruckt 
bei SCHÖNDUBE, Europa. S. 380-395, hier S. 381 f. 
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