Full Citation

  • Title Nixon Gives Full Support to Big Three
  • Publication Title International Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Collection International Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Date Tuesday,  Feb. 11, 1969
  • Issue Number 26773
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication Paris, France
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The New York Times Company
Nixon Gives Full Support To Big Three g KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., Feb. 10 (Reuters).—President Nixon gave his full support today to a three- power declaration challenging East Germany’s decision to im¬ pose travel restrictions on land routes to West Berlin. Presidential press secretary Ron Ziegler relayed Mr. Nixon’s re¬ action at a press conference at Mr. Nixon’s vacation home here. Mr. Ziegler also repeated his statement of yesterday that the president intends to keep West Berlin on the itinerary of his Western European tour this month despite the Communist travel ban. The president is due to begin his European visit on Feb. 23 and to fly to Berlin on Feb. 27. The East German restrictions are aimed at West German par¬ liamentarians who plan to go to the encircled city on March 5, to elect a federal president. The travel ban goes into effect Sat¬ urday. Mr. Ziegler said a statement is¬ sued in Bonn today by representa¬ tives of the United States, Britain and France was one “which the president ïully supports.” Earlier Elections Mr. Ziegler emphasized that elections for a West German pres¬ ident had been held in 1953, 1959 and 1964. “So, this is not a new West German initiative,” he said. The feeling in official circles here was that East Ger. any would not have imposed the travel ban without Soviet approval. In Washington, State Depart¬ ment spokesman Robert J. McClos¬ key told a press conference that the tripartite statement issued in Bonn made clear that it was the Soviet Union and not East Ger¬ many which had responsibility for free access to West Berlin. In response to questions, he said the U.S. government hoped there would be no move by the Com¬ munists to interfere with the air corridors providing access to West Berlin. U.S. officials said they expected Washington would be in direct touch with the Russians on the land route restrictions. Moscow Critical MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (Reuters).— The Soviet government newspaper Izvestia today linked President Nixon’s forthcoming trip to West Berlin with current tension over the city and with an alleged desire of West Germany to worsen the situation there. Izvestia’s West Berlin correspon¬ dent, V. Kukushkin, accused the three Western powers of conniving at the “impudent claims of Bonn authorities, who deny West Ber¬ lin’s status as an independent political entity that has nothing in common with West Germany.” Mr. Kukushkin described West Germany’s plan to hold its presi¬ dential election in West Berlin next month as a “deliberate provoca¬ tion.”