• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT TITO OF YUGOSLAVIA ARRIVED IN PRAGUE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) TO THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME THAT CZECHOSLOVAKIANS HAVE GIVEN ANY VISITOR IN RECENT HISTORY.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT TITO OF YUGOSLAVIA ARRIVED IN PRAGUE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) TO THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME THAT CZECHOSLOVAKIANS HAVE GIVEN ANY VISITOR IN RECENT HISTORY. HIS VISIT IS REGARDED AS A BOOST TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA'S NEW LIBERAL LEADERS AFTER THEIR "WAR OF NERVES" WITH THE SOVIET UNION AND ITS HARD-LINE EUROPEAN ALLIES.

    PRESIDENT TITO, WHO STRONGLY SUPPORTED THE CZECH GOVERNMENT IN ITS CONFRONTATION WITH MOSCOW, IS PROBABLY THE MOST POPULAR FOREIGN STATESMAN IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA. THE CZECHS ARE SAID TO LOOK UPON TITO - A LONG TIME OUT OF FAVOUR WITH MOSCOW FOR TAKING AN INDEPENDENT LINE AS A SYMBOL OF RESISTANCE TO CENTRALISED CONTROL ON COMMUNIST PARTIES HIS RECEPTION AT PRAGUE AIRPORT WAS TUMULTUOUS.

    A MILITARY BAND PLAYED THE YUGOSLAV AND CZECHOSLOVAK NATIONAL ANTHEMS AS CROWDS OF CHILDREN WAVED YUGOSLAV FLAGS AND CHANTED "WELCOME, COMRADE TITO". PRESIDENT TITO THEN LEFT WITH HIS HOST, MR. DUBCEK, BY MOTORCADE FOR PRAGUE CASTLE. HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS TO SHOUT "TITO, TITO" AND TO WAVE THEIR FLAGS AS HE PASSED BY THE CITY ITSELF IS DECKED WITH FLAGS FOR THE THREE DAY VISIT.

    WITHIN HOURS OF HIS ARRIVAL PRESIDENT TITO HAD BEGUN TALKS WITH THE CZECHOSLOVAK LEADERS, IN WHICH EH IS EXPECTED TO UNDERLINE HIS SUPPORT FOR PRAGUE IS REFORMIST POLICIES. THE TALKS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO BE COVERING ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DMAT63ZECVHVWR3ZUSF65OEB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DMAT63ZECVHVWR3ZUSF65OEB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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