Treaty of Non-Aggression Between The German Reich and the Republic of Latvia

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Treaty of Non-Aggression Between The German Reich and the Republic of Latvia

Treaty of Non-Aggression Between The German Reich and the Republic of Latvia

BERLIN, JUNE 7th, 1939

THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA and THE CHANCELLOR OF THE GERMAN REICH,

Being firmly resolved to maintain peace between Latvia and Germany in all circumstances.

Have agreed to confirm this resolve by means of a Treaty and have appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:

THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA:

M. Vilhelms MUNTERS, Minister for Foreign Affairs;

THE CHANCELLOR OF THE GERMAN REICH:

M. Joachim VON RIBBENTROP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Reich;

Who, having exchanged their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed on the following provisions:


Article 1[edit]

The Republic of Latvia and the German Reich shall in no case resort to war or to any other use of force one against the other.

Should any action of the kind referred to in paragraph 1 be taken by a third Power against one of the Contracting Parties, the other Contracting Party shall not support such action in any way.


Article 2[edit]

The present Treaty shall be ratified and the instruments of ratification shall be exchanged as soon as possible in Berlin.

The Treaty shall come into force on the exchange of the instruments of ratification and shall remain in force for a period of ten years from that date. Should the Treaty not be denounced by one of the Contracting Parties at least one year before the expiry of that period, its validity shall be extended for a fresh period of ten years. The same shall apply to subsequent periods.

Nevertheless, the Treaty shall not remain in force longer than the corresponding Treaty signed this day between Germany and Estonia. Should the Treaty lapse on these grounds before the expiry of the period specified in paragraph 2, the Latvian Government and the German Government shall, at the request of either Party, at once enter into negotiations for the renewal of the Treaty.

In witness whereof the Plenipotentiaries of both Parties have signed the present Treaty.

Done in original duplicate at Berlin, in Latvian and German, this 7th day of June, 1939.

V. MUNTERS. J. RIBBENTROP.


League of Nations, Treaty Series, #4629, 1939, p. 109.

Publication Title: Latvian-Russian Relations: Documents. Contributors: Alfred Bilmanis - compiler. Publisher: The Latvian Legation. Place of Publication: Washington, DC. Page Number: 190. Publication Year: 1944.

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