The Berlin Wall will be opened again this Christmas to allow West Berliners to visit their relatives on the other side.
The Berlin Wall will be opened again this Christmas to allow West Berliners to visit their relatives on the other side. West berlin and West German officials today (Thursday) signed an agreement after five months of difficult negotiations which will open the Wall for the third time since it was put up in 1961.
Agreement between the authorities came just in time. An estimated 600,000 West Berliners would not have obtained their passes in time for Christmas if 16 offices, set up by East Germany, did not reopen on Monday. The accord will also allow West Berliners to visit the Eastern sector for urgent reasons until March 31, next year.
Dr. Michael Kohl, East Germany's State Secretary, and Herr Horst Korber, a West Berlin City Councillor, signed the agreement for their respective administrations. It is a compromise between West German views that the old 'Wall' agreement continue for another year and an East German proposal that the previous accord be extended for only another four months.
Fresh talks on a new, and perhaps longer arrangement, will begin in January.