In connection with the signature of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany confirms the declaration made by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs on 30 August 1990 in the plenary session of the Negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which reads as follows:
"The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany undertakes to reduce the personnel strength of the armed forces of the united Germany to 370,000 (ground, air and naval forces) within three to four years. This reduction will commence on the entry into force of the first CFE agreement.
Within the scope of this overall ceiling no more than 345,000 will belong to the ground and air forces which, pursuant to the agreed mandate, alone are the subject of the Negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
The Federal Government regards its commitment to reduce ground and air forces as a significant German contribution to the reduction of conventional armed forces in Europe. It assumes that in follow-on negotiations the other participants in the negotiations, too, will render their contribution to enhancing security and stability in Europe, including measures to limit personnel strengths."
1. Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland wird Abschnitt VI Nummer 24 des Inspektionsprotokolls in der Weise anwenden, dass Inspektionen ausserhalb militärischer Einrichtungen in Räumen, die dem Wohnen dienen, nicht durchgeführt werden.
2. Abschnitt VIII Nummer 6 Buchstabe C des Inspektionsprotokolls wird in der Weise Anwendung finden, dass Inspektionen ausserhalb militärischer Einrichtungen in Räumen, die nicht dem Wohnen dienen, nur während der üblichen Geschäfts- und Betriebszeiten durchgeführt werden.
1. The Federal Republic of Germany will apply Section VI, paragraph 24 of the Protocol on Inspection in such a way that inspections outside military establishments are not carried out in spaces used for residential purposes.
2. Section VIII, paragraph 6 (C) of the Protocol on Inspection will be applied in such a way that inspections outside military establishments are carried out in spaces not used for residential purposes only during normal business and operating hours.
On 22 November 2011 Germany made a statement in the Joint Consultative Group on the cessation of certain obligations pursuant to the CFE Treaty vis-à-vis the Russian Federation.