E. German Invitation to W. Berlin Mayor Abruptly Canceled

United Press International

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.