DIPLOMACY: Berlin Breakthrough

After several last-minute delays, the two Germanys last week initialed an agreement that represents a crucial advance in East-West relations. Negotiated under the aegis of the broader Big Four talks on Berlin, the agreement aims at eliminating a chief source of cold war tensions by guaranteeing relatively free passage of people and goods between West Germany and West Berlin, which is 110 miles inside Communist-ruled East Germany.

In a parallel development, East Germany agreed to grant passes through the Wall dividing the city; they will be good for up to 30 days a year for West Berliners...

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