The World: Berlin: Shaping Agreements

SENSING that a historic agreement could be in the making, small knots of West Berliners began gathering one evening last week at the massive iron gates of the Allied Control Council's palatial headquarters in Kleist Park. Every so often, Soviet Ambassador Pyotr Abrasimov or one of his aides would slip silently away on a mission to East Berlin—to consult, it was later disclosed, with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, who had flown in to oversee the crucial final stages of the 17-month-old talks on the future of Berlin. Then, shortly after midnight, the...

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