Discussions between the German Democratic Republic and the German Federal Republic resumed in East Berlin on Friday (27 November) at State Secretary level.
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Background: Discussions between the German Democratic Republic and the German Federal Republic resumed in East Berlin on Friday (27 November) at State Secretary level. Herr Egon Bahr, the West German State Secretary, met his East German opposite, Herr Michael Kohl, at the Council of Ministers building.
The agenda for the State Secretaries meeting has still not been made public, but when East Germany proposed the resumption of the talks in October the two sides agreed to cover problems whose settlement would bring a detente in Central Europe and were of concern to both sides.
East Germany indicated that they would like to discuss the subject of Berlin, in particular its access to the territory of the Federal Republic; but Bonn has already insisted that this is a subject for four-power negotiations.
Bonn wanted to discuss the 20-point plan for improving relations between the two Germanies put forward by the West German Chancellor, Herr Willi Brandt, in Kassel this summer.
The meeting of the two State Secretaries, which lasted about four hours, was the resumption of the historic political dialogue begun earlier this year in Erfurt, East Germany and Kassel, West Germany.
Herr Bahr declined to comment on the discussions later nor would he say whether a dat had been fixed for another round of talks.