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    This was the second day's work of the 23rd congress of the Soviet Communist Party.


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    Background: This was the second day's work of the 23rd congress of the Soviet Communist Party.

    Mr. Kirilenko was chairman for the evening session.

    The first speaker in debates on the report of the Central Committee was Mr. Pelsche, Latvian Communist Party Secretary.

    He said: "The Communists of Latvia are pleased with the decisions taken by the last few meetings of the party Central Committee. My republic has begun to produce more butter, milk, and eggs. Our people are proud of the Soviet government's award of the order of Lenin to Latvia".

    Secretary Katushev of the Gorky regional committee of the party endorsed the political course and practical work of the party Central Committee.

    The next speaker was Mr. Rusakov, a worker at the Electrosila Electric Works in Leningrad.

    He discussed shop affairs. Generators manufactured by his factory produce half of all the electric power generated in the Soviet Union. Mr. Rusakov assured the congress that the workers of Leningrad were ready to carry out any assignment of the Communist Party's.

    The congress gave a warm reception to Mr. Wladislaw Gomulka, First Secretary of the Polish United Workers Party. He said his party stood on identical positions with the Soviet Union and its Communist Party on all the key international issues. He said they had the same goals and aspiration, deriving from Marxist-Leninist teachings.

    The speaker endorsed the call in the Central Committee's report to strengthen the unity of the world's anti-imperialist elements.

    Mr. Gomulka wished the congress fruitful work, and the Soviet people success in carrying out its decisions.

    Another speaker was Mr. Walter Ulbricht, First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, He said the 23-rd congress and its decisions would be of tremendous importance, not only for the further development of the Soviet Union, but also for changing the balance of power on the world arena in favour socialism.

    He said, "We fully agree with the points made in the report of the Central Committee.

    "This 23rd congress is an example of the development of Marxism-Leninism in order to solve new problems in economy, socialist democracy, and culture".

    Mr. Ulbricht wished the Soviet people and their Communist Party success in carrying out their new five-year plan. He wished them major triumphs in the common effort for unity in the international communist and working class movement and for the maintenance of peace.

    The congress gave a rousing welcome to First Secretary Le Zuan of the Workers Party of Vietnam.

    Mr. Le Zuan brought the congress the warmest greetings from the Communists, working class, entire people of Vietnam. "We thank you", he said, "for Comrade Brejnev's kind remarks about the fight of the Vietnamese to save their country from the "the American imperialists". He pointed out that the support of the congress inspired his people and their armed forces.

    The Vietnam delegates said: "Oppressed and exploited nations regard the Soviet people as a sincere comrade and loyal supporter. The Soviet Union is a reliable bulwark in the fight against international reaction, to free mankind from all forms of oppression and exploitation".

    The speaker said he was confident the Vietnamese would win the war against the American aggressors. He thanked the Soviet Union and its people and Communist Party for their tremendous aid to his people.

    "We Vietnam Communist" he said, "pledge to be true to Marxism Leninism and working class internationalist.

    Prominent people of Leningrad came on the stage of the Kremlin Hall of Congress. They greeted Le Zuan on behalf of the people of Leningrad. The congress applauded the expressions of cordial friendship and admiration for Vietnam. The entire Soviet people seemed to be greeting North Vietnam through its delegate, Le Zuan. He represent a country fighting aggressors valiantly. The Leningraders presented him with a red penant, as a portion of the scarlet banner that waves over the world as a sign of freedom and peace to all men on earth.

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