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E. German Invitation to W. Berlin Mayor Abruptly Canceled

May 07, 1987|United Press International

WEST BERLIN — Apparently bowing to Soviet pressure, East Germany on Wednesday abruptly canceled its invitation to the mayor of West Berlin to attend a ceremony marking Berlin's 750th anniversary.

Wolfgang Meyer, a spokesman for the East German Foreign Ministry, said Mayor Eberhard Diepgen would not be welcome at a state ceremony in East Berlin on Oct. 23 because of his "slanderous attacks" on East Germany last week at a West Berlin anniversary ceremony.

Diepgen said in his speech that East Germany should stop shooting at refugees trying to escape over the Berlin Wall.

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