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    ERHARD. 'Happy to accept invitation of Canadian government.

    This is his third visit.

    One cannot regard the?

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    Press conference. Questions not discernible. Erhard answers through and interpreter.


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    Background: ERHARD. 'Happy to accept invitation of Canadian government.

    This is his third visit.

    One cannot regard the solution of East West problems as having been found. Patience needed. A meeting between Erhard and Krushchev is speculation rather more than reality, but such a meeting is conceivable and possible.

    If we have 10 - 12 million refugees then they are a political factor. Refugee parties as political institutions no longer exist, but should not underrate the sentimental and emotional values related to home territories. West Germany has no territorial claims on Czechoslovakia.

    Close relations with East European countries is only natural to reestablish former contacts. These contacts should help to relieve the mountains of distrust.

    On the question of passes between East and West Berlin he is not in a position to say anything about negotiations. The visit of the Queen to Federal Germany is anticipated, but the Queen herself or the British government will decide whether she will visit Berlin.

    EEC negotiations in Geneva are proceeding with one voice, there may be differences, for instance over the price of Cereals, but they must take a concerted line. On the Kennedy round, the Germans submitted to the Kennedy Round talks. They want to help to make the Kennedy round successful. Germany considers that Great Britain is part of Europe, and would back her application to the Common Market.

    Multilateral force. The Germans do not make any claim to have national control over weapons. They are member of NATO, and want to take an active part Nato to keep the freedom of Europe. Want to dispel distrust, and have given up any national independence in the question. There is no room for German adventures, nor is there any intention to pursued such a course.

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