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Soviets Want U.N. to Move to West Berlin

Sept. 19, 1961 - The Soviet Union suggested today that the United Nations consider transferring its headquarters from New York to West Berlin. Moscow indicated it would support such a move if the Western powers accepted a Soviet demand to terminate the Allied occupation of West Berlin by converting it into a free city. U.S. officials and foreign diplomats in Washington have informally discussed the possibility of such a move. The feeling is that the idea is impractical, because it would put the international organization 110 miles inside Communist East Germany, with its communications at the mercy of the Communist powers.


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