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Application for UN Membership

 

The Hon. Kofi Annan

Secretary General

United Nations Organization

United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017

USA

 

Re. Application for UN Membership! Mandate States under International Trusteeship System, Charter of the United Nations, Article 77: Free City of Danzig

Your Excellency,

This application for full United Nations Membership is executed by the legitimate and democratically elected Government-in-Exile of the Free City of Danzig, on behalf and in the name of the people of the,

- in accordance to international law,- still existing Free City of Danzig.

As the Free City of Danzig " is " established under the provision of the treaty of Versailles, in particular article 102 of that international instrument, which has not, - up to this date – in any way been repudiated! The legal position therefore of the Free City of Danzig under international law, remains the same as before, before the beginning of WW II, notwithstanding the fact that the German Third Reich, under Hitler, did illegally annex the territory of the Free City of Danzig on September 1, 1939.

Furthermore, this application by the people of the Free City of Danzig; to be admitted to the Family of Nations, is based on the certain promise of protection, as was guaranteed by all of the Nations of the Geneva League of Nations, and the fact; the Free City of Danzig was not only demilitarized, but very much a neutral State!

Background:

At the eve of war, September 2, 1939, the Government of His Majesty, King George VI, had this to say in regard to the declaration of war that followed, and in regard to the Free City of Danzig:

"The international status of Danzig as a Free City is established by a treaty to which His Majesty’s Government is a signatory, and the Free City of Danzig was placed under the protection of the League of Nations.

…..The action taken by the Danzig authorities and the Reichstag yesterday (September 1, 1939) is the final step in the unilateral repudiation of these international instruments, which could only be modified by negotiation.

His Majesty’s Government do not therefore recognize either the validity of the grounds on which the action of the Danzig authorities was based, the validity of the action itself, or the effect given to it by the German Government".

The Free City of Danzig therefore " is" established by treaty, by the Treaty of Versailles, in 1920, and as such came under the protection of the League of Nation, and in law, that status has not ever changed!

A permanent High Commissioner of the League of Nations resided in Danzig, right up to the beginning of the war, on September 1, 1939, when Germany illegally occupied the territory of the Free City of Danzig.

On August 20, 1920, the Danzig Senate by majority vote declared the Free City of Danzig, a "neutral State", this was practically forced upon the Free City of Danzig because of the ongoing war between Poland and Soviet Russia.

According to the international status of Danzig, being under obligation under the treaty of Versailles, Danzig was not to have any military forces or to produce or to trade in any kind of weapons; the Free City of Danzig was incapable to defend itself, and therefore had to accept protection, as solemnly promised by the Geneva League of Nations and as is laid down by article 102 of the Versailles treaty.

The Geneva League of Nations however never kept such promises, apart from vainly protesting, against the unlawful annexation of Danzig by Hitler’s Germany, did not do anything else.

And although the League of Nations did exist until April of 1946, when it handed over all and every responsibility incurred, - including responsibility to, and for the Mandate State of the Free City of Danzig, - to the United Nations Organization, it seems to have failed to live up to promises and obligation as given to the people of the "neutral" Free City of Danzig, as to their safety, security, diplomatic protection, and as to mandatory: "due process of law".

It would be certain that the United Nations Organization has taken on all and every function of the Geneva League of Nations, including responsibilities for Mandate States as expressed in article 77, of International Trusteeship System, Charter of the United Nations

In this case questions must be asked of the UNO as to why the people of the Free City of Danzig have not received to date any courtesy reply or any answer to their many petitions, since the year of 1948!

There ought not to be any doubt to the meaning of the Charter of the United Nations, International Trusteeship System, article 77, in regard to the Mandate State of the Geneva League of Nations;

the Free City of Danzig.

The Free City of Danzig has never been declared " an enemy State" by any one nation.

Nor has the "neutral" Free City of Danzig ever declared war on any nation, or visa versa.

Why then, have the people of the Free City of Danzig been declared as enemies of the world? And why have they had to suffer "ethnic cleansing", the terrible loss of 27% of the civilian population, some 125,000 civilians out of a total population of 408,000 inhabitants of the territory of Danzig?

Why did the people of Danzig have to be evicted from their rightful homeland, brutally expelled?

Why were they stripped of all of their earthly possessions, their private properties, houses and all?

Why are the people of the Free City of Danzig until now declared and condemned as Nazis when that is clearly not the case, as the defenseless people of Danzig were always at a disadvantage, and always outnumbered by Poles surrounding them, at a ratio of: 70 to 1?

Why are they called Aggressors and Nazis still, when it is clear that the people of Danzig never had the means of getting involved in any kind of aggression or any kind of hostilities?

Why is Poland allowed to carry on war occupation of Danzig, with a " Provisional Polish Administration", and is allowed to retain all their rightful homeland and territory, and every little piece of stolen private property belonging to the indigenous Danzig population?

What is the justification by the United Nations Organization to treat the ever so peaceful, ever so humble, never terrorist minded, indigenous population of the Free City of Danzig in such a shameful, unfair and disgraceful manner? Could it be that within the UN there is a (politically motivated) conspiracy going on, waging war onto, and to deprive the poor people of Danzig of any kind of human right and "due process of law"?

And why has the People’s Republic of Poland been handed 10 ton of Gold and other Securities, solely the monetary property of the people of the Free City of Danzig, in 1976, at a time when Poland was still a Communist Country, belonging firmly to the Eastern Block?

Why were the people of Danzig never informed about such clandestine Robbery?

Such questions and many more the people of the Free City of Danzig are bound to ask.

Justice, is what the people of the Free City of Danzig are asking for, to have their day in Court.

No Justice, No tomorrow! Justice now as we have waited for far too long.

Justice must be done! Justice also, must be seen to be done!

And as there is no doubt about the quality of the Free City of Danzig being a State under the terms of international law, "de jure" still existing; And as there is no reasonable doubt; the United Nations Organization is responsible for Mandate States! We, the people of the Free City of Danzig, therefore wish to apply for Membership of the United Nations Organization, we would like to end our exile, like to be accepted into the fold of the Family of Nations.

The Government-in-Exile of the Free City of Danzig also wishes to apply for: the Free City of Danzig (as ought to) be accepted as a regular Member of the UNO, and would further like to ask the kind Office of your Excellency to initiate the necessary proceedings, accordingly.

Whatever we are accused off, we have suffered enough, have eaten humble pie enough, now it’s time to heal our wounds. As it is still around, the "Danzig Problem " must be solved! Must be solved legally!

There is no other way! Anything else will only be a damning mark on the conscience of humanity!

Thank you, sincerely yours,

Ernst F. Kriesner 5 Rutherglen St. Christmas Day

Senator/Foreign Affairs Noble Park, Victoria, Australia 3174 December 25, 1998

Free City of Danzig Tel/Fax: 613 9548 0805

Government-in-Exile http://www.danzig-freestate.org

E-mail: efk@danzig-freestate.org