Publication: The Sunday Times

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  • Title Blockade Form of Blackmail Says Mr. Eden
  • Publication Title The Sunday Times
  • Collection The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006
  • Date Sunday,  July 18, 1948
  • Issue Number 6536
  • Page Number 1
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Times Newspapers Limited
  • Copyright Statement © Times Newspapers Limited.
BLOCKADE FORM OF BLACKMAIL SAYS MR EDEN A CALL to the Soviet authorities to £* raise the' " callous blockade " of Berlin was made by Mr. Eden at Guildford yesterday, a few hours after he had flown back to England from the German capital. Mr. Eden said that to attempt to drive the Western Allies from Berlin by inflict - in g the harshest suffering on 21 millions of civilian population who had already endured much* was to practise a particu - larly odious form of international blackmail . . * The strongest motive in mankind today was a deep and earnest craving for peace and security, a period of tranquillity and an opportunity to go about its daily work free from fear. WHY BERLINERS CHEERED "I have no doubt that is what is in the minds of Berliners today," he said. "It was this which causedthem in their thousands to cheer a .visiting Englishman who they knew wanted just those things for his own people and for them. "The overwhelming, majority of Berliners today is earnestly insistent that the Western Powers shall stay in Berlin. There is no doubt about that. We cannot let these-people down. But that is not all. The whole of Germany west of the Iron Curtain is watching this issue, too. If we were to give way in Berlin we should strike a shattering blow at our hopes of building a free and democratic Germany. " The issue in Berlin is much more than local or even European. The standards of international good faith are at stake." R.A.F. " NOISE " WELCOMED Russia, which suffered so grievously and so gallantly in the war, had as much to gain from an assured peace as any other country in the world. Let the leaders of the Soviet Union then observe, towards Berlin and towards the Western Allies in Berlin the conduct they would wish to have observed towards themselves. . ,Tlie. warmest . possible tribute' should be paid to'the RVA.F. andVihe American Air Force which were flying food and supplies to Berlin. He had noticed that Soviet propaganda was complaining that the constant, roar of British and American aircraft day and nightwas imposing a strain on the people of Berlin. He would reply: " Never in all history was so much noise so welcome to so many ." The Lord Chancellor, Viscount-Jowitt , said that, in spite of the fact that storm clouds looked threatening today, he still did not think that there was any reason for despair but' there was every reason at the present moment to show strength and not weakness. "I am not in favour of bluff, but'I do believe in saying and in, meaning that we are not going to allow over two million people in Berlin to. suffer a fate which they do not desire or deserve to suffer." M.P.s SUGGEST ARMED , CONVOYS TO BERLIN Suggestions thai land convoys should be sent to Berlin were made by two M.P.s, yesterday Mr. Raymond - Blackburn, Labour M.F.- for King's Norton , said that he believed the majority of the British people , and of M.P.s would support the Government if,- in. conjunction with the Americans and the French, it sent armed convoys to carry supplies to the city and to repair any bridges, roads or railway lines that needed repairing. Mr. Martin Lindsay, Conservative MP. for Solihull, suggested that, if the Russians failed to lift the blockade we should give them a definite date when we must send the first convoy through and tell them that if they shoot it would mean war.