• Short Summary

    Speaking in the Bundestag at Bonn, April 6, West German Foreign Minister von Brentano said, in reply to Opposition questions about the Government's quest for supply bases in Spain, that individual States were obliged to secure their own military supplies so long as there was no integrated NATO supply system.

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    Speaking in the Bundestag at Bonn, April 6, West German Foreign Minister von Brentano said, in reply to Opposition questions about the Government's quest for supply bases in Spain, that individual States were obliged to secure their own military supplies so long as there was no integrated NATO supply system.

    According to his version of the negotiations with Spain, the first informal conversations were held with the Spanish Foreign Minister, Senor Castiella, in Bonn last year. The Federal Government was well aware that they would recall painful memories of the Spanish Civil War, but also that Spain stood faithfully by the West. Many countries, including the USA, had friendly relations with Spain, and the voices for its joining NATO were increasing.

    The conversations, which had covered the entire supply problem, could not be compared in any way with Hitler's policies; they were concerned with installations to be established in the framework of NATO. After their first contacts both parties had agreed that the NATO allies should be informed as soon as negotiations proper began.

    As for conditions in Spain, the Federal Government could not comment on the internal affairs of that country. Germany and Spain had enjoyed friendly relations for centuries and it was important to cultivate these traditional bonds.

    Herr Erler, Social Democrat, urged the Government to remove the mistrust created by the Spanish adventure by clearly stating that it would not establish bases in Spain. Social Democrat Helmut Schmidt said the Bundestag had a right to be informed. He warned that General Franco's victory in the Civil War had been largely due to the help of Hitler and Mussolini. Asked by a heckler from the Right if he would rather have the Communists, Schmidt replied he saw little to choose between Franco and east German leader Ulbricht.

    During the same session, the House strongly condemned compulsory collectivisation in east Germany, where more than 90% of the arable land is now under State control.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3V1GVIQ9YYK7KYLY1977OUCQ3
    Media URN:
    VLVA3V1GVIQ9YYK7KYLY1977OUCQ3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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