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  • March 08, 1966

    Letter from East German Foreign Minister Otto Winzer to [Politburo Members] Comrade Walter Ulbricht, Comrade Willi Stoph, Comrade Erich Honecker, and Comrade Hermann Axen[Excerpts]

    Letter from East German Foreign Minister to members of the SED Politburo which contains parts of a report by a Soviet delegation headed by Ambassador Shcherbakov. The Vietnamese situation is discussed, and it is asserted that Vietnamese officials are to quick to listen to Chinese advisors. It is also noted that, while the American morale is decreasing, it will still be most difficult to bring about the second "Dien Bien Phu" they are looking for.

  • March 09, 1966

    Department of State Airgram A-168 to US Embassy West Germany, 'NIE 23-66: West German Capabilities and Intentions to Produce and Deploy Nuclear Weapons'

    At the request of Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, the agencies that belonged to the U.S. Intelligence Board began work on a National Intelligence Estimate to provide a “comprehensive analysis” of West German nuclear “capabilities and intentions.” In this Airgram, the State Department requested input from the Bonn embassy on the upcoming NIE.

  • March 12, 1966

    Speech by Professor M. G. K. Menon, Sheriff's Meeting in Memory of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha at University Gardens, Bombay

    Speaking at an event to honor the memory of Homi Bhabha, Professor Menon speaks about his influence on nuclear energy development in India and the creation of the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research.

  • March 14, 1966

    Letter on a Request from Jaruzelski for a Bilateral Meeting about the Status of the Warsaw Pact

    A letter from R. Malinkovskii and A. Grechko requesting permission to deny Jaruzelski's request from a previous letter for a bilateral meeting to discuss the status of the Warsaw Pact.

  • March 23, 1966

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Duan

    Zhou Enlai cautions Le Duan against Soviet assistance.

  • March 31, 1966

    Discussion of Comrade Nicolae Ceausescu with A. N. Shelepin, at a Dinner Offered by the CPSU CC, in Honor of the Foreign Delegations at the 23rd Congress of the CPSU

    This transcript is of a conversation between Nicolae Ceausescu and A. N. Shelepin discussing Romania's continued aid of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the cold relations between Romania and the Chinese Communist Party.

  • March 31, 1966

    Embassy, Havana, Report on the State of the Cuban Communist Party

    In a report on the Cuban Communist Party, Bulgarian Embassy counselor S. Cohen discusses strengths and concerns with the Cuban goverment. The Cuban revolutionary movement debunked the theory of geographically determined fatalism, but also displays a strong dependence on the Latin American liberation movement (e.g. Jose Mari, Simon Bolivar) for inspiration instead of socialist principles. Cohen reports negative developments including the Cuban government’s growing ambition to rule the Third World revolutionary movement and strong belief in the Cuban armed struggle as a template for all national liberation movements. The Cuban delegation strongly endorsed armed struggle as the only means of socialist advancement at the Tricontinental Conference recently held in Havana. Bulgaria must remain close with the Cuban government to help it develop economically and mature politically.

  • April, 1966

    Consultation between the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry and the Soviet Foreign Ministry [in Moscow]

    A report on a routine meeting between Czechoslovak and Soviet Foreign Ministry officials. The topic of discussions was Soviet foreign policy toward Africa and Asia and the Soviets tried to convince the Czechoslovak that relations with these regions were developing well despite several right wing military coups which had taken place in the previous two years. Africa came to the fore, during the discussions, as an area in which the Soviets were investing a lot of time and money.

  • April, 1966

    Concerning the Instructions to the Soviet Representatives at the 64th Session of the International Olympic Committee

    Discussion of the upcoming vote for the location of the 1972 Olympic Games, including the possibility of Moscow bidding to host them.

  • April 01, 1966

    Central Council of the Union of USSR Sports Societies and Organizations Report on the 64th Session of the International Olympic Committee

    Voting instructions, and the reasoning behind them, for the locations of the 1972 summer and winter Olympic Games.

  • April 02, 1966

    Decree of the Secretariat of the CC of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Instructions to the Soviet Representatives of the 64th Session of the International Olympic Committee in April 1966

    Voting instructions for the location of the 1972 summer and winter Olympic Games.

  • April 04, 1966

    Central Council of the Union of USSR Sports Societies and Organizations Report on the 64th Session of the International Olympic Committee

    Instructions to request a delay in the vote for the 1972 Olympic Games in order to allow Moscow to submit a bid to host them.

  • April 09, 1966

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Seong-cheol

    Pak Seong-cheol claims that the American forces in South Korea are a hindrance in the way of reunification and comments on Soviet-North Korean relations and Japan.

  • April 10, 1966

    Airgram 763 from the US Embassy in Argentina to the Department of State, 'Israeli Purchase of Argentine Uranium'

    Although AEC representative Lester Rogers reported that the Embassy had no new information, this airgram includes tables on Argentina's annual production of uranium from 1958-1965 and the production capacities of two uranium processing plants.

  • April 13, 1966

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Deng Xioaping, Kang Sheng, Le Duan and Nguyen Duy Trinh

    China stresses the importance of Chinese aid in Vietnam, while pointing out Vietnam’s seeming mistrust; Vietnam relies on Chinese support.

  • April 20, 1966

    Appendix: Extracts from the Speech delivered by the Leader of the Brazilian Delegation, Ambassador Sette Camara

    Comments on the signature of the Additional Protocol of the Preparatory Commission for the Denuclearization of Latin America.

  • April 26, 1966

    Extracts from the Reply of Ambassador Sette Camara

    India and the United Arab Republic criticized disarmament in the regional terms.

  • April 26, 1966

    Telegram of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Romanian Embassy in Beijing Regarding the Stopover in Beijing by the Romanian Governmental Delegation Led by Emil Bodnaras on their Return from the Visit in D. R. Vietnam

    This telegram sent by member of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, P. Silard, to the Romanian Embassy in Beijing informs of the planned visit of a Romanian delegation to Hanoi, Vietnam and requests that the delegation briefly visit Beijing and present their greetings to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • April 28, 1966

    Report of the Panel on US Government Radio Broadcasting to the Communist Bloc

    Panel commissioned by the White House and comprised of Zbigniew Brzezinski, William E. Griffith, John S. Hays, and Richard S. Salant recommends continuation of RFE and RL as covertly funded objective news services, along with VOA and RIAS, discontinuation of public solicitation of private financial donations to RFE, and (Hays dissenting) establishing a Radio Free China

  • April 28, 1966

    National Intelligence Estimate 23-66, 'West German Capabilities and Intentions to Produce and Deploy Nuclear Weapons,' excised copy

    This NIE estimated that within two years Bonn could produce enough fissile material to produce a nuclear weapon, but only by violating safeguards on its nuclear facilities.The estimators, nevertheless, believed that Bonn “will probably want to keep open what options it has for the eventual production of nuclear weapons.”