Documents on European Recovery and Defence, March 1947-April 1949

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DUNKIRK TREATY
TREATY OF ALLIANCE AND MUTUAL ASSISTANCE
BETWEEN HIS MAJESTY IN RESPECT OF THE UNITED
KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRE
LAND AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC1
Dunkirk, 4 March 1947

His Majesty The King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India, and

The President of the French Republic,

Desiring to confirm in a Treaty of Alliance the cordial friendship and close association of interests between the United Kingdom and France;

Convinced that the conclusion of such a Treaty will facilitate the settlement in a spirit of mutual understanding of all questions arising between the two countries;

Resolved to co-operate closely with one another as well as with the other United Nations in preserving peace and resisting aggression, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations2 and in particular with Articles 49, 51, 52, 53 and 107 thereof;

Determined to collaborate in measures of mutual assistance in the event of any renewal of German aggression, while considering most desirable the conclusion of a treaty between all the Powers having responsibility for action in relation to Germany with the object of preventing Germany from becoming again a menace to peace;

Having regard to the Treaties of Alliance and Mutual Assistance which they have respectively concluded with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics3;

Intending to strengthen the economic relations between the two countries to their mutual advantage and in the interests of general prosperity;

Have decided to conclude a Treaty with these objects and have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:

[Here follow the Signatures]

____________________
1
Cmd. 7217.
2
'Treaty Series No. 67 ( 1946),' Cmd. 7015.
3
'Treaty Series No. 2 ( 1942), Cmd. 6376 (Anglo-Soviet Treaty).

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