EAST-WEST: Breakthrough on Berlin?

"In negotiations," Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko once observed, "it is the last 20 minutes that count." Last week there were strong rumors in Bonn that the four-power Berlin talks, now in their 17th month, might be approaching the 20-minute countdown. When the Big Four ambassadors meet this week in West Berlin's old Prussian High Court Building, they are expected to make it a marathon session that may last three days. Speculation was that they are ready to hammer out the last kinks in an "umbrella agreement" on the city's status. Such a breakthrough could not come at a...

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