East Germany Settling Scores

New ploy to alter an old accord

The East German government had no immediate response when the three Western countries that occupy West Berlin--the U.S., Britain and France--began conducting tough document checks of Arab diplomats entering the divided city from the East. The heightened security was a response to the April 5 bombing of West Berlin's La Belle disco, in which an American soldier was killed. The U.S. charged that Libyan diplomats based in East Berlin had helped plan the blast. But East Germany's passive acceptance of the new vigilance masked a determination to even the score. Last week East German border guards started demanding that Western diplomats...

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