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June 08, 1966

CC BCP SECRETARIAT SECRET RESOLUTION REGARDING TRAINING CUBAN SECURITY OFFICERS IN BULGARIA

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    The Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party approves the Cuban government’s request to train Cubans in counterintelligence, but not sabotage.
    "CC BCP Secretariat Secret Resolution Regarding Training Cuban Security Officers in Bulgaria," June 08, 1966, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Central State Archive of Bulgaria (TsDA), Sofia, Fond 1-B, Opis 64, a.e. 352; translated by Assistant Professor Kalina Bratanova; Edited by Jordan Baev. Obtained by the Bulgarian Cold War Research Group. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116371
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RESOLUTION “B” No 8 OF THE SECRETARIAT OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE BULGARIAN COMMUNIST PARTY FROM 8 JUNE 1966

The CC BCP Secretariat approves the proposal that Comrade [Cuban intelligence chief Manuel] Piñeiro visit our country. We can accept 30 people for training only on counterintelligence work. We have no conditions to train people on sabotage.[1]

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TO THE SECRETARY OF THE CC BCP COMRADE LUCHEZAR AVRAMOV[2]

Comrade Avramov,

At a meeting with Comandante Sergio Del Valle – Politburo member of the Cuban Communist Party, captain Osmani Sienfuegos – head of the Foreign Affairs Commission at the CC of the CCP and Secretary General of the Tricontinental Committee and Comandante Manuel Piňeiro - member of the CC of the CCP and head of the State Security service, before my departure from Havana on 21 May there was a demand for accepting 30 Cuban comrades for training in sabotage and contra revolutionary activity. They consider the training period to be about a year and the training itself should be at our expense. They expect to receive an answer in principle not later than 5 or 6 June this year. They can send Comandante Piňeiro to our country to coordinate the details.

I answered I would report the issue to the respective people and they would be informed about the result.

I would like to ask you for your instructions.

4 June 1966

Sofia

[Gen. Angel Solakov, Chairman of the State Security Committee]

[1] Handwritten resolution by Todor Zhivkov, First Secretary CC BCP and Prime Minister of PR of Bulgaria.

[2] CC BCP Secretary (1962-1866), Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade (1966-1971), Bulgarian Ambassador to UN office in Vienna (1974-1980) and to the Netherland (1980-1982).