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    East and West Germany have signed a treaty formally recognising each other as independent states.

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    East and West Germany have signed a treaty formally recognising each other as independent states.

    The signing took place at the House of the Council of Ministers, in East Berlin, between the West German Minister of state, Nr. Egon Bahn, and the East German State Secretary, Dr. Michael Kohl, on Thursday (21 December)
    The treaty, which has been described as ushering in an are of good relations after 20 years of hostility, contains general pledges to develop co-operation in a number of fields.

    It is accompanied by an exchange of letters calling for a number of improvements for people in divided Germany, including more travel possibilities between the two countries and relaxation in restrictions on sending food and gift parcels.

    One of the most far-reaching provision of the treaty will enable six million West Germans from more than fifty border villages to cross into East Berlin nine times a year for up to 30 days.

    The treaty could also pave the way for both Germanies to enter the United Nations.

    SYNOPSIS: Strict security surrounds the East German Council of Ministers building in East Berlin as guards discourage curious bystanders at a significant event in the relations between East and West Germany.

    West German Minister of State Egon Bahr and East German State Secretary Dr. Michael Kohl sign a treaty formally recognising each other's One of the most farreaching provisions of the treaty will enable six million West Germans from more than fifty border villages to cross into East Berlin nine times a year for up to thirty days. Relaxation in restrictions on sending food and gift parcels between the two states is included in an exchange of letters accompanying the treaty. It may also pave the way for both Germanies to enter the United Nations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6XPM474S77WNWUJM5N3TTGFTX
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XPM474S77WNWUJM5N3TTGFTX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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