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East Bloc Officers to View Maneuvers in West Germany

September 08, 1987|From Reuters

BONN — Ten Warsaw Pact officers arrived Monday for what will be the first observation of NATO exercises on West German soil by representatives of the Soviet-led military alliance.

A Bonn Defense Ministry spokesman, Lt. Col. Werner Widder, said the officers--two each from the Soviet Union, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary--were met in Bonn by the ministry's state secretary, Lothar Ruehl.

The 10 are the first Warsaw Pact personnel to observe exercises in West Germany, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's front-line state, since the signing of an accord at the Stockholm security conference giving both military blocs the right to scrutinize any movements involving more than 15,000 troops.

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