West German Chancellor Willy Brandt told 50,00 cheering West Berliners on Saturday (29 April) that ratification of his government's treaties with Moscow and Warsaw was essential for their future.
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Background: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt told 50,00 cheering West Berliners on Saturday (29 April) that ratification of his government's treaties with Moscow and Warsaw was essential for their future. And in Bonn on Saturday, demonstrators marched through the streets to a rally in the city centre voicing their support of the treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland.
The West Berlin rally at the city hall was organised by the West Berlin city national government and Herr Walter Scheel's Free Democratic Party, partners in the government coalition.
Herr Brandt told the crowd that his government wanted the treaties as a contribution towards peace and detente in Europe. He recalled that the improvements seen for West Berliners -- in a four-power agreement on their city travel to the east and unhindered passage across East Germany to the west -- depended upon ratification of the treaties. He said that "only a complete simpleton or a dangerous scatter-brain could claim that there is no connection between the Berlin agreement and our treaty with Moscow."
But the Chancellor said he would never recognise the division of Germany and of Berlin as retrospectively justified. Nor would the ideological and social differences between the two states be levelled, he added.
With an eye on the ratification of the treaties in the West German parliament (Bundestag), Herr Brandt asked the deputies of the Bundestag to listen "to this city."
It's reported that changes of a political truce between Herr Brandt and opposition Christian Democrat leader Dr. Rainer Barzel have improved. On Friday (28 April) the two leaders met to discuss a proposal by the Chancellor that an all-party declaration should be worked out giving a common interpretation of the controversial treaties. Until now, the Christian Democrats have rejected the treaties in their present form, saying they make the post-war division of Germany permanent.