IX. The question of the termination of the State of War was discussed. Although such termination may be regarded as consistent with the spirit of this Protocol, it presents considerable legal and practical difficulties which need to be examined.
X. The High Commissioners and the Federal Chancellor have signed this Protocol with the joint determination to carry into effect the purposes stated in the preamble hereof and with the hope that their understandings will constitute a notable contribution to the incorporation of Germany into a peaceful and stable European community of nations.
B. H. Robertson
J. J. McCloy
Source: Protocol of the Agreements Reached between the Allied High Commissioners and the Chancellor of the German Federal Republic at the Petersberg (November 22, 1949), Cmd. 7849, p. 2; reprinted in Beata Ruhm von Oppen, ed., Documents on Germany under Occupation, 1945-1954. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1955, pp. 439-42.