In East Berlin today (Thursday 18 November) East and West German negotiations on Berlin continued for more than nine hours after the chief Bonn negotiator, Herr Egon Bahr, flew in on the first West German Air Force plane to land in East Berlin since the city was divided.
LV Terminal building
GV PAN..Aircraft on tarmac
MLV & CU Bahr's aircraft taxies
MV Egon Bahr down aircraft steps and greeted and into car (4 shots)
SV Car away
LV SPD conference headquarters
MV PAN..Herr Bahr out of car and into building
MV Herr Schiller out of car
GV INTERIOR..delegates seated (2 shots)
MV Brandt speaking on rostrum and delegates listen (3 shots)
CU Brandt speaking in German
GV INTERIOR..audience applaud
Initials ES. 4.20 ES. 4.49
EDITORS NOTE: THIS FILM IS PART SOUND. THE FIRST SECTION OF THE FILM, I.E. HERR BAHR IN EAST BERLIN, IS MUTE. FROM SHOT 6 THERE IS SOUND IN NATURAL AND GERMAN.
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Background: In East Berlin today (Thursday 18 November) East and West German negotiations on Berlin continued for more than nine hours after the chief Bonn negotiator, Herr Egon Bahr, flew in on the first West German Air Force plane to land in East Berlin since the city was divided.
Herr Bahr and his West German counterpart, State Secretary Michael Kohl, resumed their talks on arrangements for transit between West Berlin and West Germany, as outlined in the four-power Berlin agreement.
The talks were scheduled to continue on Friday.
At the same time, the West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, was addressing a special Soviet Democratic Party (SPD) congress in Bonn. In a speech to the delegates, he extended his country's welcome to Britain as a potential member of the European Economic Community.
SYNOPSIS: In East Berlin on Thursday, the first West German Air Force jet ever to land in East Berlin since the city was divided, carried the Bonn negotiator, Herr Egon Bahr, in for further talks on the Berlin agreement. His aircraft had flown directly to East Berlin's Schoenefeld Airport.
Herr Bahr and his East German counter-part, State Secretary Michael Kohl, were resuming their talks on arrangements for transit between West Berlin and West Germany, as outlined in the recent four-power Berlin Agreement. Latest reports indicate that the East Germans have submitted new drafts for agreements to Bonn and to the West German any new element has actually been introduced into the negotiations.
At the same time, a special Social Democratic Conference Party Congress in Bonn was voting to recommend that the ton level of income tax in West Germany be raised from 53 to 60 percent. An overwhelming majority voted for the resolution, despite objections from Economics Minister Karl Schiller -- seen here arriving -- and the party steering committee.
Chancellor Willy Brandt made it clear that the Government would not be bound by any decisions taken at the congress because all policy had to be agreed to by the coalition partners, the Free Democrats. During his speech for his side of the debate, Herr Brandt mentioned his country's attitude towards the proposed entry of Britain into the Economic Community. He referred to a larger community as being a greater asset to European security and called for wider co-operation in expanding the Community to include Britain.