Thursday, 12 September 2019

zwei plus vier

On this day in 1990, representatives of East and West Germany plus the Four Occupying Powers met in Moscow (previously) to sign the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany (Vertrag über die abschließende Regelung in Bezug auf Deutschland).  In exchange for renouncing any territorial claims, like Kaliningrad, Gdansk and other concessions, and limiting its armed forces, France, the UK, the US and the Soviet Union relinquished their mandates on the respective countries—which although entered into the agreement as separate parties would ratify the treaty as one nation, the reunification process facilitated by the terms of the settlement.