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    Visnews filmed March 5 Russian Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev touring show stands at the Leipzig Fair accompanied by East Germany's goatee-bearded Communist Party leader Walter Ulbricht and East German Prime Minister Otto Grotewohl.

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    Visnews filmed March 5 Russian Prime Minister Nikita Khruschev touring show stands at the Leipzig Fair accompanied by East Germany's goatee-bearded Communist Party leader Walter Ulbricht and East German Prime Minister Otto Grotewohl.

    He made a three-hour morning tour of the Fair to see the stands of the Soviet Union, Communist China and Czechoslovakia.

    This was day two for Mr. Khruschev (See also prod: 1668/59).

    Afterwards he attended a civic luncheon and unpredictably announced an important change in his thinking on the Berlin problem (See prod:1708/59): he offered to postpone his May 27 deadline on Berlin if "reasonable negotiations" with the West were in progress.

    His apparent desire to stave off his November proposal to make Berlin a "free city" within six months came two days after British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan returned from Moscow with the announcement that both sides agreed "great issues" must be settled by negotiation, not force.

    On his first day in Leipzig, Mr. Khruschev said if the West refused to sign a treaty with both German States, the Soviet Union would act alone and sign a separate treaty with East Germany.

    On day two, he repeated it, added:" But we are in no hurry. The Soviet Union has been in existence 41 years and will go on for ever, like the Soviet artificial satellite. We can wait."
    Observers noted Ulbricht and Grotewohl although smiling could hardly have been pleased with the idea of having to wait too; both had confidently predicted they would have been masters of Berlin May 27. Now with the offer of postponing the deadline, little can happen until after the Foreign Ministers' conference next month.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABI4AG80DHHNY03SUNHURW2B5F
    Media URN:
    VLVABI4AG80DHHNY03SUNHURW2B5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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