As U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was arriving in Bonn for the start of his visit?
As U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was arriving in Bonn for the start of his visit to West Germany, police in West Berlin rounded up eleven people on suspicion of plotting an attempt to kill him.
The police said that the group - mostly students - had planned an attack on Vice-President Humphrey with bombs on plastic containers filled with chemicals. Mr. Humphrey is due in West Berlin tomorrow. Criminal proceedings will be taken against all eleven.
While the West Berlin round-up was taking place, Mr. Humphrey was opening his talks with West German Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger at the Palais Schaumburg in Bonn.
The West German Chancellor and the Vice-President had ninety minutes of private talks today, during which a major subject was the projected East-West nuclear ban treaty.
West German is concerned that the treaty does not weigh against nations which do not have nuclear capacity, and is uneasy about the security of Europe in the light of Soviet-U.S. agreement.
The visit to West Germany is the most delicate of Mr. Humphrey's 'Listen and Learn' visits in Europe during his current two-week tour, coming at a time when relations between the two countries seem clouded by some suspicion.
Today's meeting was the first of two planned for the two leaders. On his arrival in Bonn, Vice-President Humphrey said the object of his visit was to help towards better understanding and ultimately a united Europe.