November 14, 1967
Information Report Sent by István Garajszki to Deputy Foreign Minister Erdélyi, "Hungarian-Korean Solidarity Meeting in Budapest and Salgótarján,” 14 November 1967.
This document was made possible with support from Leon Levy Foundation
To Comrade Erdélyi, Comrade Kós, Comrade Várkonyi, Comrade Házi, Comrade
Baek, Comrade Mrs. Szücs, Embassy in Pyongyang, Department.
[…] on November 10th the National Council of the Patriotic Front organized a Hungarian-Korean solidarity meeting in Budapest, and the same day the National Council of Trade Unions also organized such a meeting. [These meetings] demanded, above all, the extension of the agreement on the repatriation of the Koreans living in Japan, and condemned the American and South Korean provocations against the DPRK.
In the course of their conversation, Comrade Choe [Guk-hyeon (Kuk Hyon) ; the 2nd Secretary of the North Korean Embassy] also made the following noteworthy statements in the presence of Comrade Garajszki:
– The Indonesian Communist Party used wrong tactics by making all its leaders and members known [i.e., by not maintaining an underground organization]. Following the start of the uprising, as soon as it encountered the first signs of opposition, [the party], counting on [the First President of Indonesia] Sukarno, wanted to solve the conflict by peaceful means.
– He spoke disapprovingly of the haughtiness characteristic of Sukarno’s behavior during his visit in [North] Korea.
– Speaking of his earlier travel to Ghana, Guinea, and Mali, Comrade Choe stated, among others, that “the Negroes are very reticent, they did not mix easily with us,” “the blackness of the Negro waiters and the dirty-looking color of their palms made my stomach turn, which prevented me from eating.” These statements of Comrade Choe demonstrate such a Korean attitude toward Negroes that we have not even imagined.
A report summarizing an agreement to repatriate Koreans in Japan and expressing Choe Guk-hyeon's views on the Indonesian Communist Party, Sukarno, and his trip to Africa.
The History and Public Policy Program welcomes reuse of Digital Archive materials for research and educational purposes. Some documents may be subject to copyright, which is retained by the rights holders in accordance with US and international copyright laws. When possible, rights holders have been contacted for permission to reproduce their materials.
To enquire about this document's rights status or request permission for commercial use, please contact the History and Public Policy Program at [email protected].