The status of NATO headquarters and its personnel is governed by the protocol on the status of the international military headquarters established under the North Atlantic Treaty of 28 August 1952 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II P.2000). The complementary agreement to the Siege Protocol of 13 March 1967 also applies in Germany (agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Higher Headquarters of the Allied Powers of Europe on the special conditions for the creation and operation of an international military headquarters in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II, p.2009). When examining the status of the armed forces, it is necessary to distinguish between the legal status of foreign forces in Germany and the legal status of the Bundeswehr abroad. The parties to the North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington on April 4, 1949, considering that the forces of one party may be deployed on the territory of another contracting party after consultation; Knowing that the decision on their deployment and the conditions under which they are communicated, if these conditions are not specified in this agreement, will continue to be the subject of separate agreements between the parties concerned; to define the situation of these forces on the territory of another party; The right to the presence of former Soviet forces on the territory of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was governed by the Treaty on Relations between the GDR and the Soviet Union of 20 September 1955. The subsequent withdrawal of Soviet forces was governed by two treaties concluded in 1990 with the former Soviet Union (treaty on temporary residence conditions and modalities for the gradual withdrawal of Soviet forces from the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany of 12 1990 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1991 1991, (p.256) and the Convention on Certain Provisional Measures of 9 October 1990 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1990 II , p. 1653) and the Convention on Certain Provisional Measures of 9 October 1990 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1990 II) S. 1653), 1991 II p.447). The total withdrawal of the former Soviet forces from Germany took place in 1994. The presence of NATO troops stationed in Germany on the basis of a special agreement is subject to the NATO Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces (SOFA) of 19 June 1951 (agreement between the contracting parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Status of their armed forces, Bundesgesetzblatt 1961 II p.1190) and the additional SOFA agreement of 3 August 1959 (agreement complementing the agreement between the contracting parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the status of (Bundesgesetzblatt 1961 II P.1218). The additional agreement contains detailed provisions on all matters relating to troops stationed in Germany.
Following German unification, it was deeply revised by the agreement of 18 March 1993 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1994 II, p.2594). The legal status of PfP forces legally residing in Germany is in principle governed by Article 1 of the 19 June 1995 Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces of 19 June 1995 (Agreement between The States Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty and the other States participating in the Partnership for Peace, Bundesgesetzblatt 1998 II P.1340). , and by NATO`s agreement on the status of the armed forces on all other issues on which the SOFA PFP does not contain derogatory provisions.