East and West Germany today (Friday) formally signed a transit agreement regulating access to Berlin ???
GV EXT. Palais Schaumburg
SV Bahr & Kohl enter & sit down
SV Both seated & signing agreement
CU Signatures on document
SV Both leaving
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Background: East and West Germany today (Friday) formally signed a transit agreement regulating access to Berlin ??? the West. It was the first major political settlement between the two states since World War Two. The agreement is designed to end a perennial source of international friction.
Cameraman Rudi Heimann covered the signing of the historic document in Bonn's Palais Schaumburg. The men who put their signatures to the agreement were West German State Secretary Egon Bahr and East German State Secretary Michael Kohl.
SYNOPSIS: At the Palais Schaumburg, Bonn, East and West germany came to an historic new understanding on Friday. The two negotiators were West German State Secretary Egon Bahr, and his opposite number from East Germany, Herr Michael Kohl. The agreement they had come to sign guarantees access across East German territory to the divided city of Berlin. It was the first major political agreement between the two countries since the end of World War Two, and it is designed to end a perennial source of international friction in the divided country. Parallel agreements on opening up the Berlin Wall for visitors from the west -- and on exchanging small areas of land -- are due to be signed in East Berlin on Monday. Successive Soviet and East German governments have in the past contested the right of way to West Berlin -- most notably during the Soviet blockade of 1948 which was only broken by an intensive allied airlift. The new settlement, though not likely to come into force before early summer, should allow unhindered road, rail and water travel to West Berlin.