RESOLUTION (50) 5 (31 March 1950) - Admission of the Saar
The Committee of Ministers decided to send, through the French Government,
the following letter of invitation to the Government of the Saar:
I am directed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to
make the following communication to the Government of the Saar.
Article 5 of the Statute of the Council of Europe provides that, in special
circumstances, a European country, which is deemed to be willing and able
to fulfil the provisions of Article 3, may be invited by the Committee of
Ministers to become an Associate Member of the Council of Europe. Having
in mind the desirability of associating the Saar with those European countries
which are determined to preserve their democratic way of life, the
Committee of Ministers hereby extends a formal invitation to the Saar to
become an Associate Member of the Council of Europe.
In conveying this invitation, the Committee of Ministers desires me to
draw the attention of the Saar Government to the fact that it would be
necessary, in accordance with Article 5 of the Statute, for that Government
to deposit with myself an instrument accepting the Statute. Such an instrument
should state that the Saar is willing to accept the guiding principles
and aims of the Council of Europe as set forth in the Preamble to and in
Article 3 of the Statute; a copy of the Statute is transmitted herewith.
I am further to state that the number of Representatives to the Consultative
Assembly to which the Saar would be entitled would be 3, and the contribution
to be paid by the Saar would be 2,750,000 French francs for the
present financial year.
(S.) J.-C. PARIS