February 4, 1960

BERLIN PROBLEM: Washington, 3 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower made two announcements during his weekly press conference from the White House. He declared himself in favor of the bending the McMahon Act [the Atomic Energy Act of 1946] so that the USA can give its allies information on atomic energy that has until now been considered confidential but which is fully known to the Soviet Union. He warned Moscow that the consequences would be very serious if it tried to cut West Berlin off from the West and to annex it to East Germany. Eisenhower said that if the Soviet Union was to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany that would result in cutting off West Berlin from the West, the situation would become very serious. Furthermore, he said that in the talks he had held with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at Camp David, the Soviet leader had declared his government’s right to conclude a separate peace treaty with East Germany, invoking the fact that the Western powers had signed a separate treaty with West Germany. FARMERS’ PENSIONS: The leader of the Democratic Socialist Party, Georgios Papandreou, addressed a debate in Parliament yesterday about providing farmers with pensions.

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