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Economy Summit / Bitburg Controversy #96156

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 02, 1985
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(Bonn, West Germany) President Reagan's first formal day of economy summit activity featured; films shown. His mtgs. with President Richard von Weizsaecker, Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Prime Min. Yasuhiro Nakasone, Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher and Press Francois Mitterrand noted. Summit's impact on Bonn traffic mentioned, shown. Reagan's continued concern over upcoming Bitburg military cemetery visit noted; Bertholt Graf von Stauf fenberg, grandson of German general who plotted attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler in 1944, said among Bitburg participants. [REAGAN - jokes about Bitburg visit; comments on his meeting with Kohl about Bitburg, media coverage of event.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Kohl recalled initially recommending Reagan's visit to Bitburg.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Bonn, West Germany) Kohl's effort to distance Germany from its past; his personal and political background reviewed. Photos shown. [KOHL - (thru translator) discusses survivors' need to recall concentration camps, Holocaust, Germany's need to ask forgiveness and learn from past, Reagan's reconciliation gesture at Bitburg.] Apparent impact on Kohl of his visit to Verdun last September with Mitterrand discussed. Econ. summit's special pol. declaration, written by Germans, honoring all of World War II's dead regardless of their position in the conflict, described.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Salinger, Pierre

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