Yugoslav President, Josip Broz Tito, arrived in Cuba on Thursday(30 August) for next week's Non-Aligned summit.
Yugoslav President, Josip Broz Tito, arrived in Cuba on Thursday(30 August) for next week's Non-Aligned summit. His arrival in Havana came several days earlier than expected and the Yugoslav leader in expected to hold talks with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, aimed at avoiding a possible major clash at the meeting. President Tito has waged an intensive diplomatic campaign in recent months to counter what he sees as Cuban attempts to swing the Non-aligned grouping towards Moscow. Dr. Castro has suggested that the countries of the Soviet Bloc are the 'natural allies' of the Non-aligned nations.
Shortly after President Tito's arrival at havana Airport there followed the first of several meetings between him and Dr. Castro. The two men are expected to hold a series of private talks before the Non-Aligned summit meeting officially opens on Monday (3 September). These talks are seen as an attempt to forestall a major split between the moderate nations supporting President Tito and the pro-Moscow factions.
The controversies facing the summit members are serious and preliminary meetings have already sparked off diplomatic rows. But both President Tito ad Dr. Castro are thought to be anxious to avoid splitting a movement which links nearly two-thirds of the world's nations.
Cuba considers this summit of major importance. It is the sixth in the movement's history-- and the first to he held in Latin America. Cuba has spent one hundred and forty million dollars on Building an ultra-modern conference centre, a new hotel and other facilities. Since it was founded 18 years ago the Non-aligned movement has grown rapidly, and this time applications from eight countries to join will be considered.
The official slogan of the Havana summit is 'Another Step towards the Unity of the Non-aligned Movement'. Whether this will prove to be the case will depend largely on the diplomatic skills of President Tito and the flexibility of his Cuban host.