Berlin Crisis and German Reunification

Archive Report

Diplomatic Duel Over Status of Berlin

Pressure for High Level Conference on Germany

Decisive changes in the condition of divided Germany and divided Berlin seem in prospect for the year 1959, although the form they will take cannot now be foreseen. Russia's ultimatum of Nov. 27, calling for removal of Allied forces from West Berlin within a period of six months clashed head on with prior (and subsequent) Western pledges to remain in the Communist encircled city. Both sides have threatened use of force under certain circumstances, and it is recognized that Berlin has the possibility of becoming the Sarajevo of a third world war. Western statesmen are convinced, however, that Moscow neither wants nor can afford global war at this time. And cautious hopes are ...

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