OPINION

July 3, 1959

FROL ROMANOVICH KOZLOV: Washington, 2 – Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Frol Romanovich Kozlov, speaking at a press conference in the nation’s capital this evening, gave the impression that, without departing from Soviet policy with regard to Berlin, he sincerely wanted to smooth the atmosphere of suspicion between the United States and Russia. His speech, which was televised across the USA, often appealed to the feelings of the American people, reminding them of the sacrifices made by the Russian people during the Second World War. Asked what Russia would do if there was no agreement over Berlin, he did not rule out the prospect of a bloody international incident. He confirmed most vehemently that he had brought no message from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and once again reiterated the Soviet plan for Berlin. HEINRICH LUEBKE: Berlin, 1 – The Christian Democrat party candidate Heinrich Luebke was elected president of West Germany today, winning 526 out of the 1,030 votes in the second round of the presidential election.