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AMBIVALENT SPIES MAY DELAY SWAP BY 2 GERMANYS

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The two Germanys are negotiating a major exchange of imprisoned spies, but the deal could be delayed because some of the Communist agents don't want to return to the East, a newspaper said Saturday.

The Bonn-based paper, Die Welt, said four American agents imprisoned in East Germany as well as 18 West Germans may become part of the spy exchange.The newspaper said that in return, the Soviets and East Germany want the return of five of their top agents jailed in West Germany and four who are in U.S. prisons. All would be delivered to East Germany, the newspaper said.

Die Welt did not identify the reputed American agents, nor did it identify the sources that provided the information in its report.

A West German government spokesman said he had no information about a pending spy swap and would be unable to discuss the matter if he did.

Bild am Sonntag, a mass-circulation Sunday newspaper based in Hamburg, reported that East Germany plans to free a number of Western agents, but in exchange for additional financial aid from West Germany.

The newspaper, which did not identify its sources either, said West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and East German Premier Hans Modrow would discuss the matter during their summit in Dresden on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bild am Sonntag telexed its report to news agencies in advance of Sunday's scheduled publication.