1 July 1961
At an extraordinary meeting of the SED Politburo in East Berlin, Walter Ulbricht announces that the Presidium of the CPSU has accepted his proposal to call a conference of the Political Consultative Committee of the Warsaw Treaty Member States in Moscow. However, it is no longer to take place in July, as Ulbricht originally wanted, but at the start of August.
In a radio address, the West German Minister for All-German Affairs, Ernst Lemmer, offers the GDR help in overcoming its supply crisis: "The West German government remains willing to help, and no slander will stop it from supplying food without delay so that our compatriots in the ‘zone’ can cover the period until a new harvest. So I appeal to the authorities in East Berlin to immediately accept this fair and generous offer from the West German government, which is not attached to any political conditions. To make it easier to accept, we have refrained from doing anything that could cause embarrassment to the ‘zone’ government. We have exercised this restraint even though there is certainly much that could be said on the cause of this supply crisis." In East Berlin, he says, people are claiming that the offer is only a propaganda trick. But, he goes on, all they need to do is put it to the test – and they will see that the West German government will keep its word.
On this "People’s Police Day" ("Tag der Volkspolizei"), the newspaper "Neues Deutschland" publishes an order of the day issued by the interior minister, Karl Maron (SED), which runs as follows: "The armed organs of the Interior Ministry bear a great responsibility for our workers’ and peasants’ state. They must remain alert and ready to properly repudiate every provocation by West German militarists and revanchists and nip it in the bud."