• Short Summary

    THE YUGOSLAV COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS OPENED IN BELGRADE YESTERDAY (11 MARCH) IN THE SHADOW OF A BOYCOTT BY THE SOVIET UNION AN SIX OTHER RULING COMMUNIST PARTIES.

  • Description

    THE YUGOSLAV COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS OPENED IN BELGRADE YESTERDAY (11 MARCH) IN THE SHADOW OF A BOYCOTT BY THE SOVIET UNION AN SIX OTHER RULING COMMUNIST PARTIES. OBSERVERS BELIEVE MOSCOW'S REFUSAL TO ATTEND DEEPENS THE PIFT BETWEEN ORTHODOX MOSCOW-LINE COMMUNIST WHO ACCEPTED THE LEADERSHIP OF ONE MAJOR PARTY AND THOSE, LIKE THE YUGOSLAVS, WHO INSIST IN NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY.

    IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE SITUATION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND THE MORE RECENT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE SOVIET UNION AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA RAISED DIFFICULTIES FOR SOME OF THE PARTIES INVITED TO THE CONGRESS.

    THE SOVIET PARTY TOLD THE YUGOSLAV PARTY IN A LETTER DATED 6 MARCH THAT IT WOULD NOT BE PRESENT BECAUSE IT DISGRACED WITH YUGOSLAV VIEWPOINTS AND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE MEETING THE COMMUNIST PARTIES IN POLAND, EAST GERMANY, HUNGARY AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA FOLLOWED WITH SIMILAR ABSTENTIONS, AND BULGARIA AND MONGOLIA, WHICH HAD ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTION OF PARTICIPANTS WITHDREW FOLLOWING THE MOSCOW ANNOUNCEMENT.

    RUMANIA WHICH HAS SENT A DELEGATION HEADED BY ITS VICE-PRESIDENT, AND ITALY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT VISITING COMMUNIST DELEGATIONS. MOST OF THE 63 FOREIGN DELEGATIONS REPRESENT NON-COMMUNIST LEFT-WING GROUPS. PRESIDENT TITO RECEIVED A STANDING OVATION AT THE END OF HIS TWO-HOUR SPEECH OPENING THE CONGRESS, HE SPOKE OF THE EVIL OF STALINISM AND REPEATED HIS EARLIER OPPOSITION TO KREMLIN THEORIES, REJECTING THE IDEA OF A COMMUNIST MOVEMENT POLARISED ROUNDS THE LEADERSHIP OF ONE MAJOR PARTY.

    HE REFERRED ONLY BRIEFLY TO THE ABSENCE OF THE MOSCOW-LINE PARTIES, AND THE ONLY REGRET HE IMPLIED WAS AT THE ABSENCE OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    ON THE ISSUE OF SOVEREIGNTY, PRESIDENT TITO SAID: "IN THE NAME ALLEGEDLY, OF THE HIGHER INTERESTS OF SOCIALISM, ATTEMPTS ARE MADE TO JUSTIFY THE OUTRIGHT VIOLATION OF SOVEREIGNTY OF A SOCIALIST COUNTRY AND MILITARY FORCE USED TO THWART ITS INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPMENT"
    TODAY PRESIDENT TITO ANNOUNCED A RADICAL SHAKE-UP F OF THE YUGOSLAV LEADERSHIP WHICH COMMUNIST SOURCES EXPLAINED WOULD SPEED UP RESPONSE TO EXTERNAL POLITICAL PRESSURE. AND ADVANCE REPORTS ON HIS SPEECH TO THE CONGRESS CONTAINED LENGTHY REFERENCES TO STEPS TO MAKE YUGOSLAVIA AN INVINCIBLE FORTRESS AGAINST OUTSIDE AGGRESSION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA41JJUYNAH60M3VZMGS1S5P57L
    Media URN:
    VLVA41JJUYNAH60M3VZMGS1S5P57L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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