Communist officials from nine countries began a two day meeting on Monday (26 January), to discuss how to counter Western psychological warfare tactics.
Communist officials from nine countries began a two day meeting on Monday (26 January), to discuss how to counter Western psychological warfare tactics. The Polish newspapers described such tactics as "aggressive, hypocritical and lacking in fair play".
The nine countries represented at the talks were the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Poland, Cuba, and Mongolia.
When the discussion ended on Tuesday (27 January), a joint communique was issued which criticised what it described as Western attempts to distort the policies of socialist countries. It said that East-West detente must be deepened.
But it added that "the struggle against attempts by reactionary and imperialist ideology and propaganda to distort the domestic and foreign policies of socialist countries ... must become more active".
The nine countries represented at the meeting stressed the importance of last year's Helsinki meeting of 35 government leaders who signed a declaration of human freedoms, security and economic co-operation. They said the struggle for detente and disarmament demanded an active fight against "twisted" Western propanda, colonialism, anti-Communism, fascism, racism and reaction.
The Soviet Government has already complained that the West has focused on human liberties -- which for decades has been a bone of contention between Communists and non-Communists -- to the exclusion of other important parts of the Helsinki Declaration.