The Supreme Council of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference awarded all of German East Africa (GEA) to Britain on 7 May 1919, over the strenuous objections of Belgium.  : 240 The British colonial secretary , Alfred Milner , and Belgium's minister plenipotentiary to the conference, Pierre Orts , then negotiated the Anglo-Belgian agreement of 30 May 1919  : 618–9 where Britain ceded the north-western GEA provinces of Ruanda and Urundi to Belgium.  : 246 The conference's Commission on Mandates ratified this agreement on 16 July 1919.  : 246–7 The Supreme Council accepted the agreement on 7 August 1919.  : 612–3
Ironically today, people do look fondly back at the nostalgia of the Communist times and reminders of the GDR . None are more evident in Berlin than the notoriously bad, but popular (by lack of choice?) old East German Trabant cars that are often used for tours today (over 3 million of these little cars so familiar in the Eastern Bloc were produced between 1957 and 1991). Then there is the adorable cult like figure of Ampelmann , the East German pedestrian light symbols that were introduced in 1961 and are still in use in the eastern sections of Berlin today.