AUSTRIA: Treaty of Independence

Austria rejoiced. Bells pealed, brass bands blared and thumped, choirs sang the national anthem, and the Vienna woods resounded to waltzes. For the first time in 17 years, Austria was free and sovereign. At 11:30 a.m. one day last week, the foreign ministers of Russia, France, Britain and the U.S. met in the marble room of Vienna's Belvedere Palace and signed their names with gold pens to the Austrian State Treaty.

Article 35. Long delayed and often despaired of during almost nine years of negotiations and Soviet stalling, the final text of the...

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