• Short Summary

    At a press Conference held at the New State Department building in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, 30th August, President Kennedy, in an opening statement to newsmen, announced the appointment of General Lucius Clay as his personal representative in Berlin.

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    At a press Conference held at the New State Department building in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, 30th August, President Kennedy, in an opening statement to newsmen, announced the appointment of General Lucius Clay as his personal representative in Berlin. General Clay, who organized the 1948-49 airlift during the blockade of Berlin, was described by the President as a man of outstanding ability and experience. The President also sent a message to the conference of uncommitted nations currently meeting in Belgrade. He told them that the United States believes people represented at the conference are committed to a world in which men have the right to determine their own destiny and pledged "the influence of this nation to the abolition of exploitation in all its forms".

    In reply to a question on the prospects for negotiating on Berlin, Mr. Kennedy said that the United States would use all available channels to ascertain if a peaceful settlement can be reached on the problems of Europe and in particular Germany. "I do not see that there could be any solution which would serve the world on Berlin by force" he said. Replying to another question on Berlin the President said "Neither side should attempt to impose its will by brute force because in that case it would be unsuccessful and disaster would be the common result." Mr. Kennedy declined to say what areas of negotiation he saw on the Berlin question.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAIXXPNN4SO8O7HCSUZ3MYW642
    Media URN:
    VLVAIXXPNN4SO8O7HCSUZ3MYW642
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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