President Tito of yugoslavia - now eight years old - has given a rare interview to British television.
SV Tito into room, met by reporter (Michael Charlton) walks to interview position & sits
SUC Tito being interviewed
TITO: "What is involved here is not pressures on the part of various states. These pressures come largely from various opponents of our social system, of our way of developing socialism in Yugoslavia......we have not a few such opponents. There are not so many within the country, rather they are on the outside. There are not so many within the country, rather they are on the outside. These are, first of all, persons who've led the country because they have been collaborators with Fascist Germany during the second world war, that is, they were Quislings. They fought against us, and against all our wartime allies. Today too, some of them are extremely active, and their activities go as four as the perpetration of acts of public terror. Also involved are forces on the outside who do not four a United Yugoslavia and who would like To have the whole country, or various of its parts under their Influence, even through the medium of dismemberment. There are further reactionary forces who do not want the Socialist system to develop in this part of Europe. In a word, all of them are active. When we're constantly attacked abroad by people who assert our country faces economic and political collapse, that too is pressure. As far as the unity of the Yugoslav stats is concerned, we have no fears on this account. We set our state up on good foundations. It's tailor-made to our needs. Our people know what it means to be untied in one state. They remember their past very well, they know what they gained after the war, and they know what to expect if dissension among them were again to break out.
REPORTER: Mr President, the problem of succession in Communist countries to the leadership has always been an acute one. And you won't mind if i put the question to you directly, you've been very frank about it in the past. Everybody says: 'in Yugoslavia, after Tito, what?' So how do you face the problem of your own succession here?
TITO: There is a lot of guesswork being done about this, most of it abroad, particularly by people who do not know what has been happening in Yugoslavia since the war, how much we've accomplished.....not only in the sense of how much has been built up but how much people have changed. The guessing that is done about what will happen after I go has no foundation whatsoever".
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THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF PART OF THE INTERVIEW WITH YUGOSLAVIA'S PRESIDENT TITO. THE PRESIDENT IS SPEAKING IN HIS NATIVE TONGUE.....AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION IS OVERLAID.
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Background: President Tito of yugoslavia - now eight years old - has given a rare interview to British television.
The President, with his authority and prestige still secure - is at present playing host to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Princess Anne, who're on a state visit to Yugoslavia.
The President agreed to be interviewed by a BBC television team from the programme, "Panorama". The questions, previously agreed, were asked by reporter, Michael Charlton.
SYNOPSIS: At eight years of age, President Tito is still secure in his authority and prestige in Yugoslavia. Recently, he granted a rare television interview to a BBC camera team. Reporter Michael Charlton, noted that the President looked well. Among the questions, which wee previously agreed, he asked the President to name some of the pressures -- political and economic -- which Yugoslavia faced in its independent socialist course......