Two Centuries of U. S. Foreign Policy: The Documentary Record

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DOCUMENT 43
The Potsdam Agreements
At the Potsdam Conference, the victorious Allied Powers determined how they would treat defeated Germany and also attempted to resolve a number of other pressing issues.43
PROTOCOL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE BERLIN CONFERENCE
The Berlin Conference of the Three Heads of Government of the U.S.S.R., U.S.A., and U.K., which took place from July 17 to August 1, 1945, came to the following conclusions:
I. Establishment of a Council of Foreign Ministers
The Conference reached the following agreement for the establishment of a Council of Foreign Ministers to do the necessary preparatory work for the peace settlements:
1. There shall be established a Council composed of the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, China, France and the United States.
2. i. The Council shall normally meet in London, which shall be the permanent seat of the joint Secretariat which the Council will form. Each of the Foreign Ministers will be accompanied by a high-ranking Deputy, duly authorized to carry on the work of the Council in the absence of his Foreign Minister, and by a small staff of technical advi[s]ers.

ii. The first meeting of the Council shall be held in London not later than September 1st 1945. Meetings may be held by common agreement in other capitals as may be agreed from time to time. . . .

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Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945 ( Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1960), Conference at Berlin ( Potsdam), II: 1478-97, passim.

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