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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Quadrapartite Agreement on Berlin Signed

September 3, 1971
Quadrapartite Agreement on Berlin Signed

An agreement was signed by Britain, France, the United States, and the Soviet Union that codified West Berlin’s ties with West Germany. This agreement helped to significantly reduce tensions between the East and West over the issue of Berlin.

The talks began in March 1970, but got off to a difficult start because the Western Allies and the Soviet Union were deeply divided over their basic interpretation of the "status of Berlin." Progress was finally made, and all sides concurred that the status quo of Berlin should not be changed unilaterally.

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