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The Berlin Airlift
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Marines pass through a small village where Japanese soldiers lay dead. Okinawa, Japan. The Times of London kept track of major upheavals in governance around the world, especially as they affected nations of the British Commonwealth. In early 1949, rumors of a reduced U.S. occupation force in Japan made Australian and New Zealand officials concerned about the balance of security in the Pacific region. And, as the United States' major partner in the Berlin Airlift, the British also kept a close watch on how the mission in Germany was progressing.


From Our Own Correspondent
BERLIN, Feb. 14
Professor Ernst Reuter, the chief burgomaster, announced to-day that Mr. Bevin, the British Foreign Secretary, intends to visit Berlin. He said he hoped that the visit would take place in the next few months if Mr. Bevin's health permits, and added that Berliners would make him welcome.

Reporting to the City Assembly on his visits last week to London and Paris, Herr Reuter said that the Lord Mayor of London had expressed his sympathy for Berlin in its difficult position, and his admiration for the behaviour of its citizens. He had invited the Lord Mayor to visit Berlin.

Herr Reuter emphasized that both in London and in Paris there had been discussions only, not negotiations, but, he said, the fact that even discussions were possible signified a great improvement in the atmosphere. In London he had been sympathetically received, and had found complete agreement on the most important issues affecting Berlin. He had left with the conviction that all the inevitable barriers had been broken.


On currency, the "most urgent problem," he was convinced that the existence of two currencies in western Berlin -- the west mark and the east mark, which have circulated simultaneously since the introduction of currency reform last summer -- was coming to an end, although he was not authorized to mention any date. This change would mean that a whole series of problems in the western sectors would solve themselves.


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