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President Speaks at University of Washington

Nov. 16 - President Kennedy declared today that it was “a test of our national maturity” to accept the prospect that negotiations on Berlin and other world problems might not lead to either victory or defeat. Such negotiations, he said, “are likely to be successful only if both sides reach an agreement which both regard as preferable to the status quo, an agreement in which each side can consider that its own situation has been improved.” On the other hand, he asserted, this country would not “advance any proposals which compromise the security of free Germans and West Berliners, or endanger their ties to the West.” The President addressed a convocation at the University of Washington, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week.


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