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  • February 11, 1974

    Protocol on exchange of employees and information in the scientific, technical and security fields for the year 1974

    This protocol arranges for short visits between Czechoslovak and Soviet Interior Ministry experts, functionaries and scientists to visit the other's country in order obtain information on topics including physical and chemical research methods, infrared, spectrophotometry and chromatography technology and the use of science and technology in the military. Both parties agree to mutual consultations on questions relating to public security, the military and the shared border of the CSSR and USSR. Publications on security and criminology are listed by title and the number of copies to be exchanged is enumerated.

  • February 14, 1974

    Minutes of Conversation between Nicolae Ceaușescu, the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party, and the Delegation of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, led by Yasser Arafat

    Yasir Arafat and Nicolae Ceaușescu discuss policy for Palestine and the diplomatic relationship between the two entities.

  • February 21, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.076

    The Embassy of Romania in Pyongyang reports on the February 15 naval clash between North and South Korea, and how the sides had responded to the incident

  • February 22, 1974

    Mao Zedong, 'On the Question of the Differentiation of the Three Worlds'

    Mao Zedong decsribes his Theory of Three Worlds, claiming that the “First World” is made up of the rich and nuclear armed USSR and US, the “Second World” refers to Japan, Europe, Australia, and Canada, and the “Third World” covers the undeveloped countries of Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

  • February 23, 1974

    Hungarian Foreign Ministry report on current foreign affairs (excerpt)

    This report by the foreign ministry states that socialist countries should seek to increase their influence among "progressive" Arab countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Algeria, and states that war in Indochina is unlikely.

  • February 25, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.079

    The Embassy of Romania of Pyongyang assesses the February 15 naval clash between North and South Korea based on the comments of B.K. Pimenov, Minister-Counselor within the USSR Embassy in Pyongyang.

  • February 25, 1974

    Hungarian Embassy in the DPRK, Telegram, 25 February 1974. Subject: Naval incident between the DPRK and South Korea.

    The telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang concerns a naval incident at the Northern Limit Line, straining inter-Korean relations.

  • March 01, 1974

    Bulgarian Military Intelligence Report on Turkish Military Operation in Cyprus

    The Ministry of Defense has received information for Turkish plans for invasion of Greece in an event of escalation of the conflict in Cyprus.

  • March, 1974

    East German Report on Seventh Interkit Meeting in Budapest, March 1974

    This report, issued after the seventh Interkit meeting in Budapest, addresses unsolved socio-economic problems and internal party disputes in China. The new military strategy of the People's Republic as well as its economic development are examined. Beijing's foreign relations with Western countries, especially with the US, are considered to be detrimental to international détente. The attendees condemn China for stockpiling nuclear weapons and missiles in preparation for a military confrontation with the Soviet Union, for extending its influence in developing countries, for strengthening the position of NATO, for interfering with the domestic policies of Vietnam, and for supporting the military junta in Chile.

  • March 06, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Strengthening Vietnamese-Cambodian Relations and Combat Solidarity

    The COSVN seeks to improve Cambodian-Vietnamese relations in the wake of several "minor clashes over various problems."

  • March 14, 1974

    Report on the Visit of Saddam Hussein to Moscow

    In a meeting initiated by Saddam Hussein with Leonid Brezhnev, Alexei Kosygin, Andrei Gromyko, and Boris Ponomarev, the Iraqi leader discussed relations with the Soviet state, United States involvement in the Middle East, border conflict, and the development of the Iraqi economy.

  • March 15, 1974

    South African Mission to the United Nations to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 'Special Committee of Twenty-Four: Consideration of the Question of Territories Under Portuguese Administration'

  • March 19, 1974

    Report to Todor Zhivkov Regarding a Request for Arms Delivery to Cyprus in View of a Possible Greek Coup on the Island

    Wary of a coup attempt sponsored by Athens, Makarios government seeks Bulgarian assistance for closing an arms deal with Czechoslovakia.

  • March 22, 1974

    Intelligence Information No 21 from Gen. V. Zikulov to T.Zhivkov on the Situation in Cyprus and Greece

  • March 24, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.127

    In the aftermath of the failed inter-Korean dialogues, the North Koreans conclude that they must establish diplomatic relations with the United States. The telegram describes the rationale behind the move and the goal of limiting the interference of the United States on the Korean Peninsula. According to the author, North Korea believes that the rejection of the US to establish relations with the DPRK will expose Washington's opposition to the unification of Korea.

  • April 02, 1974

    Conversation with Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Leader and Deputy Leader of the Delegation of the National United Front and the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia

    Mao talks with with Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary, and Prince Sihanouk. They discuss the civil war in Cambodia, the leading political figures in that country, and China's revolutionary experience.

  • April 04, 1974

    Report of Meeting with the Soviet Diplomat (Summary)

    Secretary Kim of the South Korean Embassy in Australia meets with the Secretary of the Soviet Embassy in Australia to discuss China, North Korea, the U.S. naval force, and the possibility of trade and cultural exchange between the Soviet Union and South Korea.

  • April 22, 1974

    Telegram from Pyongyang to Bucharest, SECRET, Urgent, No. 060.180

    Heo Dam seeks to replace the armistice with a peace treaty and establish direct contact with the United States to remove American troops from the peninsula.

  • May 04, 1974

    Letter from Le Duan to Military Region 6

    Letter from Le Duan to Military Region 6 providing guidance on its operations and urgent tasks in the two years 1974-1975.

  • May 08, 1974

    Telegram from Washington to Bucharest, SECRET, No. 78.028

    The Romanian representative in Washington note the delivery of the North Korean message to the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. The telegram notes that the US State Department does not wish this kind of communication between Pyongyang and Washington to be permanent.