French Communist leader Georges Marchais arrived in Budapest on Thursday (24 November) for talks with Hungarian Party Chief, Janos Kadar.
French Communist leader Georges Marchais arrived in Budapest on Thursday (24 November) for talks with Hungarian Party Chief, Janos Kadar. According to Reuters, informed sources in Hungary said the talks were aimed at seeking a political truce between the Soviet Union and Western Euro-communists.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Marchais is the second of the Western Euro-communist leaders to have visited Mr. Kadar in the past two months. An earlier visitor to Budapest was Italian party chief Enrico Berlinger. Unlike Mr. Marchais he attended the recent Soviet Revolution festivities in Moscow. Mr. marchais' relations with Moscow, however, are distinctly cool and Reuters reports informed sources as saying that Mr. Kadar was acting as a middleman to ease tensions between the two sides.
In the Hungarian party for the talks were Andras Gyenes, the secretary of the Central Committee and Janos Berecz, head of the committee's International Department. Mr. Marchais was accompanied by Jean Kanapa, a member of the French Communist Party's Political Committee. The talks were held at the headquarters of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party.
A wide range of subjects were discussed including the development of the communist movement, and future co-operation between the two.
Last month French Prime Minister Raymond Barre was in Hungary for talks with Mr. Kadar and Prime Minister Gyoergy Lazar.