Full Citation

  • Title Wall of Silence at Potsdam As the "big Three" Meet
  • Publication Title Hull Daily Mail
  • Collection Hull Daily Mail
  • Date Monday,  July 16, 1945
  • Issue Number 18618
  • Page Number 1
  • Place of Publication Hull, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library British Library
WALL OF SILENCE AT POTSDAM AS THE "BIG THREE" MEET A MOMENTOUS AGENDA Centralised or Regional Control of Germany? DENIS MARTIN, Reuter's special corre- spondent in Berlin, cabled this afternoon that Mr Churchill, President Truman, and Generalissimo Stalin to-day began the open- ing session 01 the momentous Potsdam con- ference. Daniel Deluce, of Associated Press, says that a wall of secrecy hid from the world this afternoon all the events taking place within the' Hohenzollern family home, which has been converted into a conference cham- ber for the Big Three. Neither the time nor the programme of the talks was known outside the inter- Allied compounds in the Pots- dam area, where scores ofj State and military leaders, heavily guarded, are now established. Stalin's Arrival Shrouded Until Moscow radio was ready to give the news of the arrival of Generalissimo Stalin, not even that item ,of information was available to some 200 correspondents in jthe Allied Press camp. While officials show little in- |clination to discuss the agenda |of the conference, the main question presenting itself to many observers is whether ithe meeting will result in a J closer co-ordination of Allied I policy for the whole of Ger- many, or whether radically I different systems are to grow up in the different zones, says Reuter. The Danger of Regionalism There is a growing convic- tion here that unless drastic political, economic, and ad- ministrative changes, resulting in roughly similar conditions in all zones* are made v * r i ■ soon Germany must drift into regionalism. As far as Germany is con- cerned, the most momentous decisions which the Big Three are called upon to make are whether the government of Germany is to be centralised or decentralised or how quickly is real administrative responsibility to be placed in the Germans' own hands. Above all, will the Allied policy be so concerted as to avoid friction resulting from the impact of one zone upon another, where differ- ent conditions prevail? It appears probable that a full list of subjects outstand- ing for decision will be con- sidered by the chief delegates at an early session. They can then decide with which sub- jects they will deal, and which they will submit to expert delegates for a solution. Their main function is to iron out problems which can- not he solved by ordinary diplomatic means. —Reuter. CHURCHILL GENERALISSIMO STALIN PRESIDENT TRUMAN