The Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party Twelfth Congress opened on Monday (24 March) with support for the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan, and condemnation for Western powers proposing an Olympic Games boycott.
SV Socialist Workers' Party First Secretary Janos Kadar speaking to Congress in Hungarian
GV Delegates listening to speech
CU Antal Apro (HSWP member)
CU Hungarian Prime Minister Gyorgy Lazar
CU Sandor Gaspar (HSWP member)
CU Andrei Kirilenko (USSR Politiburo member)
SV Karoly Nemeth (HSWP Presidential Council Member)
GV Delegates listening (3 shots)
CU Jozsef Biognar, (Academician)
CU Ferenc Juhasz (Poet)
CU Zoltan Fabri (Film Director)
CU Miklos Jansco (Film Director)
SV Mr Kadar speaking
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Background: The Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party Twelfth Congress opened on Monday (24 March) with support for the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan, and condemnation for Western powers proposing an Olympic Games boycott.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Kadar told the Congress that in recent months, the international climate had become strained, and said that once again, the sentiments expressed during the so-called "cold-war" after World War Two were being heard. Mr Kadar accused what he described as reactionary circles, of seizing on the Afghanistan issue to spread anti-Soviet and anti-Communist propaganda. The attacks on the Socialist order, he said, are undermining detente. Mr Kadar said the proposed Olympic boycott by some countries also served to break down communication between east and west.
Hungary's Prime Minister Gyorgy Lazar, who was later to concentrate his speech on the country's major economic problems, was amongst many influential politicians, academics, artists and industry leaders attending the Congress. However, Mr Kadar, while admitting Hungary's domestic production difficulties, concentrated on international issues. He declared the world was aware that the legal government of Afghanistan had asked for military assistance from the Soviet Union, based on a valid agreement between the two countries, to confront what he said was an international menace.
Mr Kadar said that despite deteriorating international relations, Hungary still was trying to build friendly contacts with developed capitalist states. At the same time, Mr Kadar warned that co-operation can be achieve only on a basis of peaceful co-existence, the equality of rights, and non-interference in internal affairs.