The West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, today (Saturday) interrupted a holiday and returned from Norway to attend a special cabinet meeting on the new Bonn-Moscow treaty.
The West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, today (Saturday) interrupted a holiday and returned from Norway to attend a special cabinet meeting on the new Bonn-Moscow treaty. But first he received a personal report on the treaty from the chief negotiator, foreign Minister Walter Scheel.
Herr Scheel's negotiations in Moscow with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko resulted in yesterday's initialling of the new treaty, which commits the two nations to renounce the use of force and accept existing European borders as inviolable.
The West German cabinet, however, will not decide until Monday (August 10), or the next day, when the historic treaty should be formally signed. The actual signing - by the two Foreign Ministers - is expected to take place in Moscow later this month.
In a first Opposition reaction, former Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger said it would be dangerous to sign the treaty before there was a clear ruling on the status of West Berlin. But Government officials were optimistic that the treaty, as initialled, will receive a majority for ratification in the Bundestag (Lower House).
Herr Scheel and Her Brandt will brief Opposition leaders tomorrow (Sunday). The following day they'll meet the Ambassadors of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the implications of the treaty.