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    IN A PREPARED SPEECH AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB LUNCHEON IN WASHINGTON, DEC 11, MR.?

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    LV. MR. MENSHIKOV WALKS ONTO THE DAIS, PRESS STAND UP AND APPLAUD.
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    CU. MR. MENSHIKOV, SOF BEGINS: "WE BELIEVE THAT THE PEACE TREATY..........SOF ENDS: "ANY TROOPS OF THE FOUR GREAT POWERS..
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    GV. MR. MENSHIKOV SPEAKING WITH THE PRESS LISTENING.
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MR. MIKHAIL MENSHIKOV: "WE BELIEVE THAT THE PEACE TREATY, HAVING CONFIRMED THE GERMAN BORDERS ESTABLISHED BY THE POTSDAM AGREEMENT, WILL BIND THE HANDS OF THE REVANCHISTS AND WILL DISCOURAGE THEM FROM MILITARIST VENTURES".



    "STATEMENTS ARE STILL HEARD IN WHICH WEST GERMAN REVANCHISTS AND MILITARISTS DEMAND THE RECARVING OF THE MAP OF EUROPE, THE REVISION OF THE EXISTING BORDERS. THIS IS NOT ONLY NOT NEGOTIABLE, THIS MAY CAUSE WAR.



    THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO CONFIRM AND LEGALIZE THE SITUATION CREATED AS A RESULT OF THE WAR, TO CONFIRM AND LEGALIZE THE GERMAN BORDERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POTSDAM AGREEMENT."



    "WE WOULD PREFER TO CONCLUDE A GERMAN PEACE TREATY TOGETHER WITH THE USA AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS IN THE WAR AGAINST HITLER. BUT IF WE FAIL TO AGREE ON A JOINT APPROACH, WE WILL SIGN A PEACE TREATY WITH THE GDR, AND, OR COURSE, WE WILL DO IT NOT WITH THE PURPOSE OF SECURING THE OCCUPATIONAL RIGHTS OF THE WESTERN POWERS.



    THEN THERE IS ALSO THE QUESTION OF ACCESS TO WEST BERLIN. NO ONE OBJECTS TO THIS ACCESS OR IS PROPOSING ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THE TIES OF WEST BERLIN WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD - NEITHER THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT NOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE GDR.



    BUT THIS ACCESS SHOULD BE EXERCISED WITH THE CONSENT OF THE COUNTY THROUGH WHICH COMMUNICATIONS TO AND FROM WEST BERLIN EXIST."



    "THE STATUS OF WEST BERLIN AS A FREE CITY COULD BE GIVEN AN INTERNATIONAL CHARACTER ALSO BY REGISTERING IT WITH THE UNITED NATIONS.



    IF THERE IS ANY NECESSITY TO HAVE TOKEN TROOPS TEMPORARILY IN WEST BERLIN FOR GUARANTEEING THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF THIS CITY, THEN IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER TO HAVE UNITED NATIONS TROOPS THERE INSTEAD OF ANY TROOPS OF THE FOUR GREAT POWERS".




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    Background: IN A PREPARED SPEECH AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB LUNCHEON IN WASHINGTON, DEC 11, MR. MIKHAIL MENSHIKOV, THE SOVIET AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.A., REJECTED ANY IDEA OF AN AGREEMENT ON GERMANY THAT WOULD CONFIRM WESTERN OCCUPATIONAL RIGHTS, INTERNATIONAL CONTROL OF ACCESS, AND ANY "PRIVILEGED POSITION" FOR THE WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT. HE SAID THE SOVIET UNION WANTED A GERMAN PEACE TREATY TO BE SIGNED, AND THE WEST BERLIN PROBLEM BE SETTLED ON THIS BASIS:-
    WHEN THE SITUATION IN WEST BERLIN IS NORMALIZED ON THE BASIS OF THE CONCLUSION OF A GERMAN PEACE TREATY, HE CONTINUED, AN END WILL BE PUT TO THE CONTINUATION OF HOSTILE ACTIVITIES OF THE WEST GERMAN REVANCHISTS:-
    OUR EXTRACTED FROM MR. MENSHIKOV'S SPEECH END WITH HIS STATEMENT THAT THERE COULD BE A FIRM GUARANTEE OF THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF WEST BERLIN BY THE FOUR GREAT POWERS ON AN EQUAL BASIS:-

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWVWHG59L9KNSYTLCOT2VP9OS
    Media URN:
    VLVABWVWHG59L9KNSYTLCOT2VP9OS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
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    N/A

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