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    BRITAIN'S FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR. R.A. BUTLER, WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SHOWN THE BERLIN WALL. AT CHECKPOINT?

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    BRITAIN'S FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR. R.A. BUTLER, WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SHOWN THE BERLIN WALL. AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, SCENE OF MANY BORDER INCIDENTS, MR BUTLER WALKED RIGHT UP TO THE DIVIDING LINE. SEEING THE BARRIER FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS A "DEEPLY MOVING EXPERIENCE" HE SAID, AND IT MADE HIM REALISE THE PROBLEMS OF A DIVIDED CITY.

    LATER, AT THE POTSDAMERPLATZ WHERE TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW FREEZING POINT, MR BUTLER PEERED ACROSS THE FORBIDDING MASS OF BARBED WIRE, STEEL OBSTACLES AND CONCRETE BLOCKS INTO EAST BERLIN. THEN, AT THE BRADENBURG GATE, MR BUTLER WAS WATCHED BY MOTIONLESS EAST GERMAN ARMED GUARDS.

    THERE, MR BUTLER TURNED TO THE WEST BERLIN DEPUTY BURGOMASTER, DR ALBERTZ, AND SAID: "WE SHALL DO OUR DUTY BY YOUR CITY." WITH THAT PLEDGE THE FOREIGN SECRETARY COMPLETED THE TASK HE HAD SET FOR HIS BERLIN VISIT. IT WAS TO GIVE REASSURANCE ON DEFENDING BERLIN'S FREEDOM, WHILE IN BONN PERSUADING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GIVE SUPPORT TO FUTURE ATTEMPTS TO EASE EAST-WEST TENSIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACYOGQL58798GTNS32CUP87H
    Media URN:
    VLVACYOGQL58798GTNS32CUP87H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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