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Allied Rule Relaxed After

Testing Period

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright ! Rec. 11 a.m. LONDON; July 15. | Four major German political parties in the Russian zone—the Social Democrats, Communists, i Chrisjan Democrats and '■ Liberal] Democrats—have met and drawn up' a common five-point programme for j home and foreign policy, says j Reuters correspondent in Berlin. The five points are as follows: — (1) Co-operation for the cleansing of Germany from the remnants of Hitlerism, rebuilding Germany on a ; democratic basis and the constant' struggle against militarist channels !', of thought; (2) A common endeavour) for the speediest reconstruction of i the national economy in order to secure bread and clothing, work and homes for the German people; (3-) the establishment of personal rights on a democratic basis; (4) freedom of beliefs and respect for religious convictions of all kinds; (5) the establishment of mutual relations with other countries on the basis of respect and also readiness to carry out the orders of the occupation authorities and the recognition of the German duty of making good the war ravages. All parties undertook to work a common programme of action based on an agreed policy to employ all resources to this end. An official statement from FieldMarshal Montgomery's headquarters, I issued to-day, announced the relaxa-; tion of the non-fraternisation rule in Germany. The statement says that progress has been made in destroying Nazi-ism and in removing prominent Nazis from all responsibility In German i life. It is now deemed desirable and timely to permit members of the British armed forces in Germany to engage in conversation with adult Germans in streets and public places. Orders are being issued accordingly to all members of British forces. Freezing Berlin's Population General Eisenhower has issued orders in similar terms to United States forces under his command. | I The British and American authorities to-day took official stops to I freeze the distribution of the > opulation in Berlin, in this way preventing possible large-scale migration of civilians from the Russian district. I Agency reports from Berlin say the I German Food and Housing Bureaux i were instructed not to sanction transfer to the British and American ration lists without special cause. | Soviet control ext..'.ds over eight' of the 20 boroughs, and 40 per cent 1 of the city's estimated 2.750,000 (the 1 population of Berlin before the war, was 4,242,501). ' I i Thousands of tons of coal, which : under the tripartite agreement for i the settlement of the city's food and fuel problems are being brought by British Army transport, will begin to arrive to-morrow. The total is ! believed to approach 1.000,000 tons a year. Priority is being given to the the city's gas and electricity services. Major convoys of food supplies from the British zone will bepin to arrive on Friday to feed the 900.000 Berlin citizens under British rule. The American zone is expected to contribute the major share of Berlin's food. ] The Russians are reported to be unable to provide large amounts of coal from Siiesia. because of Poland's priorities, but the prospects of a barter arrangement, .originally sug-j gested by the British and Americans,' are bright. FEW WOULD RETURN General Anders Speaks For Pole j In Italy RECOGNITION OP WARSAW Rec. 11.30 a.m. LONDON, July 15. General Anders, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, at a Press conference, declared that he doubted if more than a few of the 100,000 men under his command lin Italy would want to return to ' Poland, says the Associated Press correspondent at San Giorgio. Italy. He added, however, that he would not detain anyone wanting to do so. "If Britain and America had not recognised the Warsaw Government no one would have returned at all." General Anders added. "Some now feel that this recognition guarantees their personal freedom and security."

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GERMAN MOVES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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GERMAN MOVES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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