In a historic meeting in West Berlin, the Foreign Ministers of the Four Powers concerned with the divided city today (Saturday) signed a series of treaties aimed towards peaceful coexistence and the casing of tension and ending of aggression.
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SCU PAN Schumann, Douglas-Home & Gromyko signing
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MV Schumann speaks
MV Gromyko speaks
SCU Douglas-Home speaks
MV Rogers speaks
Sir Alec Douglas-Home said:
TRANSCRIPT: "This agreement which we have just signed represents the dawn of a new and more peaceful era in the history of this city of Berlin. The Agreement was not easily reached. It would not have been reached at all without patience, and a determination to succeed, on the part of each of our four governments."
Secretary of State Rogers added:
"For the people of Europe, this Agreement is a stop in reducing barriers to contact -- barriers which have too long divided this continent and this city. The success of these negotiations will spur further efforts on behalf of a Europe at peace and at one with itself. Berlin, for quarter-century a symbol of Europe's division, could become a symbol of hope for Europe's future."
Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko, added: "Today we have signed the final protocol which makes effective the four part agreement of September three, 1971, on West Berlin. The importance of this agreement is hard to overestimate, for it is the reliable basis for revitalizing the situation which, for more than two decades, was a hot-bed of dangerous complications and constant friction between states."
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Background: In a historic meeting in West Berlin, the Foreign Ministers of the Four Powers concerned with the divided city today (Saturday) signed a series of treaties aimed towards peaceful coexistence and the casing of tension and ending of aggression.
Secretary of State William Rogers for the United States, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko for the USSR, Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann for France, and Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home for Great Britain - were the signatories for the pact - which ensures unimpeded access along read and rail corridors from West Germany to West Berlin (since the end of World War II isolated 110 miles (185 kilometres inside East German territory); and lifts curbs on West Berliners travelling to East Germany and East Berlin.
Following the official signing ceremony, the four Foreign Ministers made brief statements. First, M.Schumann speaking in French, followed by Mr Gromyko speaking in Russian. Translations of sections used can be found on the Commentary page following.
SYNOPSIS: In West Berlin on Saturday - a historic meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the four powers which have controlled the destinies of the divided city since the end of World War Two. France's Maurice Sohumann, Britain's Sir alec Douglas-Homo, the Soviet Union's Androi Gromyks and the USA's William Rogers, signed treaties aimed at a peaceful coexistence and end of aggression between East and West.
Monsieur Schumann recalled that, in the same rooms, their predecessors had lat met in 1954 - and, he added: "A long road has been covered since that date. Today the four ministers have met again, this time to put the final touches on an agreement which is without precedent since 1945, in the history of this city."