West Germany's opposition Christian Democratic Party held their first meeting in West Berlin on Monday (12 June) since the signing earlier this month of the Four Power Berlin Agreement.
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MV INT Ven Hessel greets Schresder (on the right)
MV Barzel arriving and greeted by officials
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GV Delegates listen to Barzel
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Background: West Germany's opposition Christian Democratic Party held their first meeting in West Berlin on Monday (12 June) since the signing earlier this month of the Four Power Berlin Agreement.
In past years, political meetings in West Berlin always brought heavy reactions from the East Germans, whose tactics at checkpoints caused heavy transit delays to and from the city.
On Monday, however, no such reaction was registered, and the flow of traffic at Staaken checkpoint, on the road from Hamburg to West Berlin, was normal and unhindered.
Members of the Party Executive, including Bundestag President Kai-Uwe ven Hassel, Dr. Gerhard Schreeder and Dr. Rainer Barzel, held their meeting in the Reichstag building, the old German Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: At the Reichstag in West Berlin ??? Monday, the executive committee of West Germany's Democratic Party met for the first time since the signing of the Four Power. Agreement on Berlin.
Among other things, the agreement--signed by the United States, the Soviet Union. Britain and France--guarantees unimpeded access to West Berlin from West Germany. It was the first tangible fruit of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's "Ostpelitik" of reconciliation.
In past years, meetings like this always provoked heavy reaction from East German guards at important checkpoints around West Berlin. These tactics caused heavy delays for those using transit routes into and out of the city.
But on monday, there was ??? such reaction. Traffic at Staaken checkpoint, on the road from Hamburg to West Berlin, passed though unhindered.