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    West German's Bundesrat (Upper House of Parliament) on Wednesday (9 Feb) heard strong defence of non-aggression treaties concluded with the Soviet Union and Poland.

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    West German's Bundesrat (Upper House of Parliament) on Wednesday (9 Feb) heard strong defence of non-aggression treaties concluded with the Soviet Union and Poland.

    The foreign Minister, Walter Scheel, warned the opposition Christian Democrats that if they turned the treaties down they would be isolating West Germany from the Eat as well as the West.

    He rejected opposition criticism that the treaties tend to deepen the division of Germany.

    The West German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, described the treaties as an active contribution to international attempts to ease East-West tension.

    And, he said, they would strengthen West Germany's position in Europe.

    The speeches were made in the first round of a crucial Parliamentary debate which the Government hopes will end with the ratification of the treaties.

    SYNOPSIS: The Upper House of the West German Parliament and the beginning of a crucial debate which the Bonn Government hopes will end with the ratification of non-aggression treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland. The West German Foreign Minister, Herr Walter Scheel, spoke for and hour. He warned the Opposition Christian Democrats that if they turned the treaties down, they would be isolating West Germany from the East, as well as the West. He rejected the suggestion that ratification of the treaties would deepen the division of Germany. "The treaties speak nowhere of recognition" he said.

    West Germany's Chancellor, Willy Brandt also spoke during the debate. He described the treaties as an active contribution to international attempts to ease East-West tension. Herr Brandt said the treaties would strengthen West Germany's position in Europe, and would at the same time ???elieve pressure on West Berlin - isolated in East Germany.

    The Chancellor told members of the Upper House that the treaties would help to attain bonn's unchanged goal of self-determination for all Germans. And he emphasised that West Germany continues to disagree with Moscow and Warsaw on the future of Germany - despite the treaties. Chancellor Brandt faces criticism from his Opposition who say the wording of the treaties is too ambiguous - leaving them open to different interpretation in Bonn and Moscow.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE1OC6ICB9JPXOHYI1QL8ML4ND
    Media URN:
    VLVAE1OC6ICB9JPXOHYI1QL8ML4ND
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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    N/A

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