West and East Germany on Wednesday (November 8), initialled a treaty designed to end the 23 years of cold war antagonism between them.
SV INT. East & West German officials enter & take seat (East German delegate on left)
SCU Both sign documents
SV Both men signing treaty
SV Stand up, shake hands & exchange copies
Initials ESP/0237 ESP/0250
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Background: West and East Germany on Wednesday (November 8), initialled a treaty designed to end the 23 years of cold war antagonism between them.
The brief ceremony took place in the Palais Schaumburg, the seat of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, in Bonn.
The full text of the pact, published just 11 days before the West German elections, includes a preamble and 10 articles. It provides for mutual diplomatic recognition of each other, membership of the United Nations for both, and cooperation in various fields.
The treaty is expected to be a key factor in determining the fate of Herr Brandt's Left-Liberal coalition. The Chancellor has staked his career on his 'Ostpolitik' (Eastern Policy) of normalising relations with the Communist eastern bloc by accepting the postwar divisions of Europe, including the partition of Germany.
SYNOPSIS: At the Palais Schaumburg in Bonn, delegations from East and West Germany sit Down to initial an historic treaty ... a pact to end twenty-three years of cold war antagonism between them. The full text of the treaty includes a preamble and ten articles. It provides for mutual diplomatic recognition, membership of the United Nations for both Germanies, and cooperation in a wide range of fields.
The preamble also records disagreement on the question of German unity ... and states that the two sides are aware of the historical realities of the situation. Correspondents saw this as the essential clause, as it in effect shelved the longstanding dispute over reunification and left open the question of a future as one nation. The treaty will not be signed until after the West German elections later this month. It is expected to be a key factor in the fate of Chancellor Willy Brandt's Left-Liberal coalition government in west Germany. He has staked his political future on his 'Ostpolitik' ... a policy of normalising relations with Eastern Europe by accepting the postwar divisions of Europe.