German elections discussed at UN building in Paris
Reuter speaking in broken English '...or free elections at the earliest possible date, because of Berlin will be easier to resist any political terror if the elections really are secret they can take place freely'
The three Western German delegates, Von Bretano, Dr.Schaffer and Ernst Reuter entering chamber. MS.Gladwyn Jebb explaining a point to Malik. LS. German delegates adjusting their earphones. MS.Bretano speak- ing in German. LS.G.V. one of the three German delegates speaking. MS. The United States and United Kingdom representatives listening. MS. Malik listening. CU. Schaffer. CU. Malik. CU. Reuter. GV. The Conference in session. MS. German delegates are shown to their seats. MS. German delegates entering and taking their seats. GV. Conference in session.
Note: Full speech on original paperwork, as follows...
'Through the decision of the Allied Kommandura of August 1946, Berlin at that time received a provisional constitution. This provided for free democratic elections for town council. The city assembly which was to be formed on the basis of such elections, although the....to work out a final constitution for Berlin. The population of the Soviet zone and of East Berlin, is waiting for the help of the United Nations and hopes that the establishment of an enquiring committee - this help will be established. The population is hoping that the free world will not leave them alone, and that the right spirit will be re-established on the basis on which alone the democratic order is possible. On behalf of the Senate in the House of the Representatives of Berlin, I may declare that we have always stated that we are in favour, in Berlin, or free elections at the earliest possible date, because of Berlin will be easier to resist any political terror if the elections really are secret they can take place freely'