Publication: Aberdeen Journal

Full Citation

  • Title Stalin Told to Lift Berlin Siege
  • Publication Title Aberdeen Journal
  • Collection Aberdeen Journal
  • Date Wednesday,  July 7, 1948
  • Issue Number 29177
  • Page Number 1
  • Place of Publication Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library British Library
STALIN TOLD TO LIFT BERLIN SIEGE Three Powers Send a Joint Protest FIRM TONE-BUT NO THREATS By FREDERICK TRUELOVE FIRMLY-WORDED Note of protest about the Russian blockade of Berlin was handed to Mr Zarubin,' Soviet Ambas- sador in London, by Mr Ernest Bevin, on behalf of the British Government, at the Foreign Office yesterday afternoon. Similar Notes were presented to the Soviet Ambassadors in Washington and Paris on behalf of the American and French Governments. The British and American Notes are identical. TEXT LIKELY TOMORROW Differences in the French Note are due to technicalities arising from the fact that France did not come into the four-Power control of Germany until a later date than the other Allies. The texts of the Notes will probably be issued to- morrow. The proceedings at the Foreign Office yesterday were purely formal. Mr Zarubin was present for about ten minutes. I understand that the British Note firmly reiterates our right, by virtue of Four-Power agree- ment, to be in Berlin, and also to have free access through the Russian zone to the British sector of the city. Specifically, the British Gov- ernment demands the restoration of free land and water com- munication between Western Germany and the British sector of Berlin. The Note is neither argumenta- tive nor threatening. Willing to Renew Talks I understand that, in addition, the Note indicates a willingness, once the status quo with regard to communications is restored, to en- ter into further discussions with the Soviet Government on .the re- storation of Four-Power co- operation in Berlin. It is thought possible that the Russians may propose a re-con- voking of the Council of Foreign Ministers. Such a proposal would be care- fully examined by the other Allied Governments, but if its purpose were merely to hold up the measures which the Western Allies have been obliged to take in re- gard to Western Germany, it would not be acceptable.