• Short Summary

    EAST GERMAN COMMUNIST LEADER WALTER ULBRICHT SAID ON MONDAY (19 JANUARY) THAT A TREATY WITH WEST GERMANY ON THE RENUNCIATION OF FORCE COULD ONLY BE SIGNED WHEN THE TWO COUNTRIES ENJOYED FULL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.

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    EAST GERMAN COMMUNIST LEADER WALTER ULBRICHT SAID ON MONDAY (19 JANUARY) THAT A TREATY WITH WEST GERMANY ON THE RENUNCIATION OF FORCE COULD ONLY BE SIGNED WHEN THE TWO COUNTRIES ENJOYED FULL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. HERR ULBRICHT, SPEAKING IN EAST BERLIN AT HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE FOR NINE YEARS, APPEARED, HOWEVER, TO LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN FOR NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST GERMANY.

    THE 76-YEAR-OLD HEAD OF STATE TOLD THE PRESS CONFERENCE: "IT IS A BASIC TRUTH THAT INTERNATIONALLY VALID TREATIES ON RENUNCIATION OF FORCE CAN BE CONCLUDED ONLY BETWEEN COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE RECOGNISED EACH OTHER UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW."
    EAST GERMANY, HE SAID, WAS A SOCIALIST STATE AND AN INDEPENDENT ENTITY WHICH HAD TO BE RECOGNISED AS SUCH. HE CALLED UPON WEST GERMANY TO GIVE UP ITS REVANCHIST PLANS AGAINST EAST GERMANY.

    HERR ULBRICHT CALLED THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO REPLY TO LAST WEEK'S "STATE OF THE NATION" REPORT TO THE BUNDESTAG BY WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR WILLY BRANDT. HERR BRANDT OFFERED EAST GERMANY NEGOTIATIONS ON AN AGREEMENT RENOUNCING THE USE OF FORCE BUT REJECTED DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO STATES, PROPOSED IN AN EAST GERMAN TREATY DRAFT LAST SEPTEMBER.

    IN BONN, HERR BRANDT'S GOVERNMENT REACTED BY DECIDING TO PUSH AHEAD WITH AN OFFER OF TALKS ON THE EXCHANGE OF DECLARATIONS RENOUNCING THE USE OF FORCE. GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONRAD AHLERS SAID HE EXPECTED HERR BRANDT'S OFFER TO BE COMMUNICATED TO EAST GERMAN PRIME MINISTER WILLI STOPH THIS WEEK.

    WEST GERMANY IS ALREADY ENGAGED IN NON-AGGRESSION NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SOVIET UNION AND SIMILAR TALKS ARE EXPECTED TO START WITH POLAND NEXT MONTH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAUHV72RR90LUNS6OJF4KN8NUL
    Media URN:
    VLVAUHV72RR90LUNS6OJF4KN8NUL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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