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    The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, on Wednesday (21 May) pledged continuing?

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    The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, on Wednesday (21 May) pledged continuing American commitment to West Berlin. He told the city parliament during a four hour visit that detente could only work if West Berlin flourished.

    "The security of West Berlin remains a vital interest of the United States. For us, much more is at stake here than the security of a city. To us you symbolise man's unquenchable yearning for freedom: you represent the capacity of democracy to summon the strength to defend its values," he said.

    Dr. Kissinger said there was no alternative to peace in the thermonuclear age. But the U.S. would never seek peace by abandoning principles or sacrificing friends.

    "Only if Berlin flourishes will detente flourish: only if you are secure will Europe be secure. This has been America's attitude for 30 years; this attitude has not changed.

    "Only behalf of President Ford and the American people I have come here today to reaffirm our historic relationship," said Kissinger.

    Dr. Kissinger came to West Germany en route to a meeting of the Central Treaty Organisation Foreign Ministers in Ankara specially to make his Berlin speech.

    Following U.S. setbacks is Southeast Asia he has been seeking to reassure U.S. allies of America's continuing commitment to their defence.

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