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October 31, 1956

RESOLUTION OF THE PRESIDIUM OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ABOUT THE SITUATION IN HUNGARY (PROTOCOL 49)

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    This resolution instructs the Soviet Ambassador to Belgrade to transmit a letter to Tito requesting a secret meeting on November 1 or 2 with Khrushchev and Malenkov. It also empowers certain members to conduct negotiations with the United Workers Party of Poland.
    "Resolution of the Presidium of the Central Committee About the Situation in Hungary (Protocol 49) ," October 31, 1956, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, TsKhSD, F. 89, Per. 45, Dok. 15; translated by Johanna Granville. Published in CWIHP Bulletin 5, p. 32. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111092
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Workers of the World, Unite! Strictly secret
Communist Party of the Soviet Union
CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Extract from Minutes No. 49/VI taken on the
October 31, 1956 meeting of the Presidium of the CC

About the situation in Hungary

1. In accord with the exchange of opinions at the session of the Presidium of the CC CPSU, Comrs. Khrushchev, Molotov, and Malenkov are empowered to conduct negotiations with the representatives of the CC of the U[nited] W[orkers'] P[arty] of P[oland].

2. Confirmed is the text of the telegram to the Soviet Ambassador in Belgrade for Comr. Tito (Enclosed). In the event of an affirmative reply, Comrs. Khrushchev and Malenkov are authorized to conduct negotiations with Comr. Tito.

3. Provide Comr. Zhukov with an account of the exchange of opinions at the Presidium of the CC CPSU session, [instruct him] to prepare a plan of measures [plan meropriatii], in connection to the events in Hungary, and to inform the CC CPSU.

4. Inform Comrs. Shepilov, Brezhnev, Furtseva, and Pospelov on the basis of the exchange of opinions at the CC Presidium to prepare essential documents and submit them to the CC CPSU for review.

SECRETARY OF THE CC

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To point VI of protocol 49
Top Secret
Special Folder, Extraordinary

To the Soviet Ambassador in Belgrade

Quickly visit Comrade Tito and relay the following:

“In connection with the created situation in Hungary we would like to have a meeting with you incognito on the night of November 1 or on the morning of November 2. We agree to come to Belgrade for this purpose or another point in Yugoslavia or Soviet territory according to your wishes. Our delegation will consist of Comrs. Khrushchev and Malenkov. We await your reply via Comr. Firiubin.

N. KHRUSHCHEV”

If Tito is not in Belgrade, then give Comr. [Eduard] Kardelj [Deputy Head of the Yugoslav Government] or [Aleksandar] Rankovic [Yugoslav Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister] the original text for immediate transferral.

Send a report on the carrying out of your task.