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    A Soviet-Czechoslovak Friendship Rally has been held in Moscow on October 27 in connection with the stay of a Czechoslovak summit delegation.

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    Background: A Soviet-Czechoslovak Friendship Rally has been held in Moscow on October 27 in connection with the stay of a Czechoslovak summit delegation. It was attended by Leonid Brejniev, Nikolai Podgorny, Alexei Kosygin and other Soviet top officials, by Doctor Husak, President Svoboda, Premier Cernik and other Czechoslovak guests.

    The meeting was opened by Victor Grishin, 1st secretary of the Moscow Committee of the Communist Party.

    The meeting was addressed by Leonid Brejniev, general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

    He stressed the inviolability of Soviet-Czechoslovak friendship which has withstood the test of time, and which has been consolidated by the march of life and joint struggle. Speaking of recent events in Czechoslovakia Mr. Brejniev pointed out that this was one of the tensest class battles since the war between the world of socialism and international reaction and its agents. The principled stand of the communists, the solidarity of the countries of socialism and their internationalist stand proved stronger than those who wanted to turn the history of Czechoslovak society back.

    With regard to international problems Mr. Brejniev noted the Soviet Union's invariable support to the Vietnam people and the people of the Arab countries. He also pointed to the importance of establishing a collective security set up in Europe. He added that a solution of the problems facing mankind depended to a considerable extent on the consolidation of the countries of socialism. The Soviet Union is striving for greater cooperation with all the socialist states without exception, including China. The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist party and the Soviet general are doing their unmost to normalise relations with China, to open the road to a restoration of Soviet-Chinese friendship, Mr. Brejniev emphasised.

    President Svoboda made a short speech in which he said that the alliance of the Czechoslovak and Soviet people has become the basis for Czechoslovakia's life and prosperity. No one will ever succeed in undermining this alliance. President Svoboda expressed gratification with the negotiations with the Soviet leaders. They dealt with how to further strengthen friendship, how to strengthen the unity of the socialist states and the international communist and workers movement, how to strengthen peace and security.

    Dr. Husak, 1st secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, dealt with Czechoslovakia's domestic situation. He said that the Czechoslovak communists and people learnt a major lesson from the post-January development of 1968 which would be useful in solving their political and economic problems. All efforts today are directed toward the country's political and economic consolidation, toward strengthening the socialist power of the working class, toward creating an atmosphere needed for peaceful creative endeavour, for a comprehensive broadening of allied ties and consistent Honouring of internationalist commitments.

    Dr. Husak stressed the resolve to continue strengthening friendly relations with the Soviet Union. The slogan-- With the Soviet Union forever, which took shape 25 years ago during the heavy fighting agalust the nazis for our common freedom, said Dr. Husak, is not only a historical recollection for Czechoslovakia, out of a major benest for the present and future of the Czechoslovak people. Friendship and alliance with the Soviet union is the major prerequisite for the national and state existence of Czechoslovakia, Dr. Husak emphasised.

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