Potsdam Agreement

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The Potsdam Agreement was the Allied (UK, US, USSR) plan of tripartite military occupation and reconstruction of Nazi Germany and the entire European Theatre of War territory. During the Second World War (1939–45), in the Potsdam Conference (17 July –2 August 1945), the Allies agreed to and adopted the Berlin Conference (formal title of the Potsdam Agreement); the signators were Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Harry Truman, and Secretary Joseph Stalin; afterwards, consequent to the popular UK General Election of 1945, Prime Minister Clement Attlee replaced Churchill as the UK’s Conference representative.

Moreover, towards concluding the Pacific Theatre of War, the Potsdam Conference issued the Potsdam Declaration, the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender (26 July 1945) wherein the Western Allies (UK, US, USSR) and the Nationalist China of General Chiang Kai-shek asked Japan to surrender or be destroyed.

The Agreement

In the Potsdam Agreement (Berlin Conference) the Allies (UK, USSR, USA) agree:

  • A. Political principles.
  • B. Economic principles.

The Three Governments have taken note of the discussions which have been proceeding in recent weeks in London between British, United States, Soviet and French representatives with a view to reaching agreement on the methods of trial of those major war criminals whose crimes under the Moscow Declaration of October, 1943 have no particular geographical localization. The Three Governments reaffirm their intention to bring these criminals to swift and sure justice. They hope that the negotiations in London will result in speedy agreement being reached for this purpose, and they regard it as a matter of great importance that the trial of these major criminals should begin at the earliest possible date. The first list of defendants will be published before 1st September.

[t]he three Governments have also charged the Council of Foreign Ministers with the task of preparing Peace Treaties for Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary and Romania. The conclusion of Peace Treaties with recognized democratic governments in these States will also enable the three Governments to support applications from them for membership of the United Nations. The three Governments agree to examine each separately in the near future in the light of the conditions then prevailing, the establishment of diplomatic relations with Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary to the extent possible prior to the conclusion of peace treaties with those countries.

The Three Governments, having considered the question in all its aspects, recognize that the transfer to Germany of German populations, or elements thereof, remaining in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, will have to be undertaken. They agree that any transfers that take place should be effected in an orderly and humane manner.

  • Annex I
  • Annex II

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