The West German Chancellor, Herr Brandt, yesterday (Saturday, January the 30th) opened the election campaign of his Social Democratic Party for the next West Berlin parliamentary elections.
The West German Chancellor, Herr Brandt, yesterday (Saturday, January the 30th) opened the election campaign of his Social Democratic Party for the next West Berlin parliamentary elections. The elections are due to be held on March the 14th.
In the morning Herr Brandt spoke to party leaders and in the afternoon he and the party's candidate for Mayor of West Berlin, Herr Klaus Schuetz, attended a football match. Later Herr Brandt attended another meeting.
Herr Brandt told party leaders that there would be no detente in Europe without a relaxation of tension in and around Berlin. He said it was one of his government's prime t asks to remove tension from the divided city. He repeated that a satisfactory settlement of the West Berlin issue was necessary before the West German parliament could ratify the Bonn-Moscow non-aggression treaty.
As he spoke hundreds of buses, trucks and cars were queued outside checkpoints on the border with the East as Communist officials delayed traffic for the fourth day.
Herr Brandt said the Communist disruption of goods and civilian traffic to and from the isolated western half of the city was a futile attempt to exert pressure.
The East Germans began the delaying tactics because of Herr Brandt's visit which they called illegal and a violation of the status of the city.