President Tito of Yugoslavia appealed to all countries to disarm and stop using power politics on Saturday (9 October).
President Tito of Yugoslavia appealed to all countries to disarm and stop using power politics on Saturday (9 October). But he warned would-be enemies of Yugoslavia at a mass rally in Karlovac that any possible attack on the country's sovereignty and independence would be met by firm resistance of the entire Yugoslav population.
The Yugoslav leader was speaking after a parade of armed forces and territorial units who took part in joint manoeuvres in nearby areas during the past week.
Over two-hundred-thousand people gathered to see a parade marking the end of joint military manoeuvres by the Yugoslav armed forces and territorial defence units in Karlovac on Saturday. It was the first such operation ever held in Yugoslavia, and military experts from foreign countries were invited to attend.
The officer in charge of security for the week-long manoeuvre programme said later in Belgrade that foreign agents had been busy collecting intelligence in the area. Major General Stjepan Domenkusic, said that security forces were faced with a sudden surge of holiday-makers at the fringes of the manoeuvre area which, he added, were normally unattractive for tourism. Seven foreigners were removed from the area he said, but their nationalities were not disclosed.
In a speech after the parade, the Yugoslav leader, President Tito, called for all countries to disarm and stop using power politics. But he warned that any possible attack on the country's sovereignty and independence would be met with firm resistance from the entire Yugoslav population. He commented on the success of the manoeuvres in demonstrating defence against any aggressor.