In Belgrade last Tuesday (20 June), Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito delivered a major speech on internal and foreign policy to the 11th Congress of the Yugoslav Communist Party.
In Belgrade last Tuesday (20 June), Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito delivered a major speech on internal and foreign policy to the 11th Congress of the Yugoslav Communist Party. The Congress coincides with the 30th anniversary of Yugoslavia's break with the Soviet Union, when President Tito was dubbed a Marxist heretic. Since 1948, Yugoslavia has developed its own brand of Communism under Tito's leadership. The 86-year-old President spoke to the Congress about the future direction of Yugoslav Communism, known as Titoism, outlining the history of his administration and commenting on relations with the major world powers.
SYNOPSIS: Over 2,000 delegates filled Belgrade's Sava Hall for the Congress, attended by representatives from 130 countries, including the Soviet Union and European Social Democrat parties. Having held office for 40 years, President Tito is expected to announce the name of his successor during the four-day conference.
The President also reaffirmed Yugoslavia's determination to retain its independence. He said the country "would remain the way it was built", and would resist attempts by other nations claiming the guide the World Communist movement to impose an idealogy from outside. The President was a founder member of the non-aligned movement and said the association was being undermined by interference from major world powers. President Tito warned the Congress that the deteriorating relations between the United States and the Soviet Union posed a serious threat to world peace.