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October 24, 1980

TELEGRAM FROM THE HUNGARIAN EMBASSY IN PYONGYANG, 'KWP’S 6TH CONGRESS'

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    The Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang comments on the responses of Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, and Poland to the KWP's 6th Congress.
    "Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'KWP’s 6th Congress'," October 24, 1980, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, MNL OL XIV-J-1-j Korea 25-001140/1980.Obtained by North Korean Materials Archive, IFES, Kyungnam University, and translated by Imre Májer. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/123746
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PYONGYANG, 80. 10. 24.

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CIPHER TELEGRAM

Subject: KWP’s 6th Congress

Based on consultation with the mission leaders of the closely collaborating socialist countries, I can report that the evaluations of the concerned sister parties’ delegations are similar to, and their experiences are basically the same with the Hungarian delegation’s led by Méhes Lajos.

The differences regarding the bilateral programs (rank of the Korean reception, grand meetings, etc.) are due to protocolary and reciprocity reasons. (Our friends have also experienced the disabilities in the guidance of the colleagues assigned to the delegations as well.)

Our Vietnamese friends disliked the fact that their delegation could not participate in the grand meeting, and that recently the Korean press reported the greeting telegram of Pol Pot that he addressed to Kim Il Sung on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the KWP’s foundation. (The local Pol Pot-ist ambassador attended the congress along with the other mission leaders.)

The Vietnamese and Cuban comrades expressed their dissatisfaction about the low rank of the Korean leaders accompanying and hosting them. The leader of the Polish delegation asked to be received by Kim Il Sung in order to be able to inform him about the Polish situation. The meeting could have been possible if Comrade Wojtaszek had stayed after the congress. This was not feasible for the Polish comrades.

Friendly embassies are also analyzing the published congress materials, but our work is complicated by the fact that the documents, besides the Central Committee report proposed by Kim Il Sung, are only available in Korean.

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To be seen by

Comrade Szabó F.

Comrade Bobvos

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Comrade Bényei

Comrade Rátkai

Comrade Illés

Comrade Ze–––k

Comrade Nyecki

Comrade Kopányi