The meeting of Communist Party officials from 73 countries that took place in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia on the 12th of December has produced a strong condemnation of both China and wayward West European Communist parties.
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SV PAN Bulgarian F. M., Mr Mladenov shakes hands with Italian President, Pertini
SV Pertini and Mladenov seated talking and papers change hand (TWO SHOTS)
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Background: The meeting of Communist Party officials from 73 countries that took place in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia on the 12th of December has produced a strong condemnation of both China and wayward West European Communist parties. A representative from the Soviet Union, Mr Boris Ponomarye???, in a clear attack on the French, Spanish and Italian Communist parties said that it was their duty to defend "real Socialism" in Soviet bloc countries. And he argued that failure to support Moscow would increase the danger of war between East and West.
SYNOPSIS: With the conference still in progress the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Mr Mladenov, flew to Italy on Tuesday (12 December 1978) for a two day official visit. He was received at the Presidential Palace by Italian President Sandro Pertini. The two men discussed disarmament, the Helsinki agreement and relations between their countries. As well as his meeting with the socialist President, Mr Mladenov had talks with Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, Foreign Minister,Forlami and had an audience with Pope John Paul The Second.
After their discussions eighty-one-year-old Signor Pertini and Mr Mladenov issued a joint statement in which they announced that the Italian President has accepted a Bulgarian invitation for the reciprocal visit.