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Brandt Interview #213521

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 27, 1971
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(Studio) Preparatory mtgs. for European security conference may come next year; mutual reduction of military forces in Europe won't come for few more years, according to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bonn, West Germany) [BRANDT - talks about winning peace prize; says Germany's past role has given country new moral obligation.] What about limited sovereignty? [BRANDT - says hopes USSR moving from limited sovereignty doctrine; says looks like USSR wouldn't get into Czechoslovakia-type situation again; but no guarantee.] Does Defense Secretary Melvin River Laird's criticism of European cntrys. not fulfilling NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) bargain, include Germany? [BRANDT - in response to question, says doesn't feel West Germany incld. in his criticism; notes our record not bad; thinks United States considers own interests in matter.] Why does United States want decisive word in Europe's future? [BRANDT - says United States wants decisive word because balance of power affects the cntry.] What would be results of United States withdrawing or lessening its troops in Europe? [BRANDT - says necessary for United States troops to be in Europe; NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) only effective if has some American troops.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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