The leader of the Italian Communist party, Signor Enrico Berlinguer, told a news conference in Rome Friday (28 May), that United States opposition to the Communists joining a future Italian Government was "interference" in the country's internal affairs.
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Background: The leader of the Italian Communist party, Signor Enrico Berlinguer, told a news conference in Rome Friday (28 May), that United States opposition to the Communists joining a future Italian Government was "interference" in the country's internal affairs. He said the American opposition was motivated by Presidential campaign politics.
Signor Berlinguer's remarks followed statements by President Ford and Dr. Kissinger that if the Communists joined the Government, America would be forced to review its relations with Italy, a key member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).
Signor Berlinguer's news conference was held at the headquarters of the Foreign Press Association. He told the assembled newsmen "These are interferences in the internal affairs of our country. But we are politicians and we take into account the fact that the United States Presidential elections are approaching".
He added that the recent era of Centre-Left coalition government was finished and that only a broadly-based government which included his party could overcome Italy's political and economic problems.
On the same day, the recently appointed National Secretary of the Christian Democrat Party, Signor Benigno Zaccagnini, also gave a news conference at the Foreign Press Association building. He reaffirmed his party's opposition to the Communists, and said that if the Christian democrats were not able to from a government after next months general election, then they would rather go into opposition than govern in partnership with the Communists.
Although the Communists are expected to make big gains in the June elections, a recently published opinion poll indicated that the Christian Democrats could still remain the country's largest party. It predicted that they would gain 34.2 per cent of the vote, compared with 32.4 per cent for the Communists.
SYNOPSIS: As the Italian people prepare themselves for next month's general election, the contest of political posters had broken out in earnest in the streets of Rome. meanwhile there is no sign of a compromise between the Christian Democrats and the Communist. On Friday. Signor Enrico Berlinguer, the Communist Party leader, left the Foreign Press Association headquarters after giving a news conference.
He had attacked United States opposition to Communist participation in government as interference in Italian politics.
Later the same day, the recently appointed National Secretary of the Social Democrat Party, Signor Benigno Zaccagnini, also held a news conference for the Foreign Press Association.
He reaffirmed his party's opposition to the Communists, and said that if the Christian Democrats were not able to form a government after the election, then they would rather go into opposition than govern in partnership with the Communists.