Full Citation

  • Title Kennedy, Advisers Confer on Berlin
  • Author From Cable Dispatches
  • Publication Title New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Collection New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Date Wednesday,  Nov. 6, 1963
  • Issue Number 25135
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication Paris, France
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The New York Times Company
Kennedy9 Advisers Confer on Berlin From Cable Dispatches WASHINGTON, Nov. 5. — Presi¬ dent Kennedy today summoned his top advisers to discuss the Berlin situation, which is causing deep concern here. Among those summoned were Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Llewellyn Thompson, toD State Department adviser on Soviet af¬ fairs. Before the meeting Mr. Rusk described as “very serious” the Soviet blockade of an American convoy at the East-West German border. The White House meeting coin¬ cided with a flurry of diplomatic activity in Berlin, Bonn, Moscow, London and Paris. Foy Kohler, United States Am¬ bassador to the Soviet Union, was ordered to cut short a London vacation and return to Moscow im¬ mediately. ‘Can’t Be Permitted’ Mr. Rusk, in his statement, said that “unless the situation has changed in the last hour, the other side is attempting unilaterally to change procedures that have long been in use Of course that can¬ not be permitted. We look upon it as a very serious matter.” The blockade brought demands for tough action by the United States. Some officials thought it might foreshadow a tough new Soviet cold-war policy, but a State Department spokesman said the reasons behind the Soviet move are “completely unclear to us.” In the Senate, Sen. Stephen M. Young, D., Ohio, demanded the use of troops or tanks to “barrel through” the Communist road¬ blocks at the Marienborn check¬ point. “If a show of force does not get us through, then let’s use force,” Sen. ’SJpung said. ‘Like Jim Brown* • “If this Communist aggression continues,” he said, “tanks or heavily armed soldiers should directly precede our convoys. Let’s barrel through like Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns, demonstrat¬ ing to the Soviets they are wrong in their claim that the Soviet and not Allied authorities determine convoy procedures.” In Britain, a somewhat more conciliatory view was taken over the incident. British Prime Alinister Sir Alec Douglas-Home told newsmen that, as far as he knew, there was “nothing sinister” about the tieup of the convoy. He said there may be a “mis¬ understanding” over the Soviet demand that American troops dis¬ mount from their transport trucks for a head-count before the convoy is allowed to clear the Marienborn checkpoint. This question, in turn, he said, is related to whether Soviet border oificials are able to see over the tailboards of the American trucks to count the soldiers. “This may be a misunderstand¬ ing. We shall have to see. It is a question of counting the numbers in the vehicles without dismount¬ ing.”