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dfdid DOCUMEAT NO. NO CHANCE IN CLASS. DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: TS $ C NEXT REVIEW DATE: 20 0_2_ AUTFI: Fill 70 DATE: (Ntt Office of Current Intelligence CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY : REVIEWER for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 - -T-O-P�SEERET 30 December 1953 Copy No. CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 84 T-OP-SECRET 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 3.5(c) SUMMARY FAR EAST India favors release of Korean prtsoners prior to reconvening of General Assembly (page 3). SOUTHEAST ASIA French plan to retake Thalthek (page 4). NEAR EAST - AFRICA 4. Renewed Anglo-Egyptian talks unproductive (page 5). 5. Moroccan bombing produces critical situation (page 5). * * * 2 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 30 Dec 53 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 A. 3.5(c) FAR EAST 1. 2. India favors release of Korean prisoners prior, to reconvening of General Assembly: Indian UN delegate Krishna Menon told Ambassador Allen on 27 December that his government believes a phased evacuation of the Korean prisoners from the demilitarized zone could begin on 23 January, thus making it unnecessary for the UN to discuss their disposition. 3.3( Menon also said that his government intends to have Madame Pandit seek to recall the UN General Assembly on 9 February. The purpose of the session would be to give the Indian govern- ment an opportunity to report on the armistice and to obtain directives for any further action. 3 h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) --TOP-SEeRET Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 30 Dec 53 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 imori .a. A. , i-d �di N.-Ls A. 3.5(c) Comment: Menon's observation apparently represents India's present position. Prime Minister Nehru in a speech on 23 December had suggested that the prisoners might be held beyond the deadline if further detention seemed necessary to reach a settlement. SOUTHEAST ASIA 3. French plan to retake Thakhek: According to Commissioner General Dejean, General Navarre plans to reoccupy Thakhek, the Mekong River post in central Laos aban- doned last week. Dejean told the American charg�n 28 December that five parachute battalions are being flown from the Tonkin delta to augment French forces in the Thakhek area which already approximate in numbers the eight-battalion Viet Minh attack force. The previous day General Navarre had said that he was not unduly worried over the Viet Minh push to the Mekong, but admitted it might throw his offensive plan somewhat off schedule. Comment: The Viet Minh forces in central Laos and Annam are believed inadequate to repulse a determined French effort to retake Thakhek. The major Viet Minh military threat is posed by the forces in northwest Tonkin, now the equivalent of at least two divisions. These units could invade northern Laos or, as the French expect, attack the 12 French battalions at Dien Bien Phu in northwest Tonkin. The American military attach�n Saigon reports increasing indications of an attack on the latter objective. The Viet Minh advance into central Laos was apparently designed to force a dispersal of French reserves from the vital delta area and thus prevent any French build-up that might threaten its base areas. 4 3.3(h)(2) TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 30 Dec 53 3.5(c Approved ifisprz for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 L.11-"-. .1%..1L+ A. 3.5(c) NEAR EAST - AFRICA 4. Renewed Anglo-Egyptian talks unproductive: 3.3(h)(2) At an informal talk with British negotiators on 26 December, the Egyptians were even firmer than on 22 December regarding con- cessions on the questions of availability of the Suez base and of uniforms for British technicians, according to British ambassador Stevenson. As a result of the meeting, Stevenson is now "even gloomier than before" on prospects for a settlement. The Egyptians reportedly stated that the Suez base could become available automatically only in the event of an attack on an Arab state, and they would make no concessions what- ever on the question of uniforms. Comment: Before the meeting, Vice Premier Nasr had told American embassy officials that Egypt would not make any new concessions. He had indicated that the present talks are being held merely because the regime "needs a little more time to prepare for the consequences of a break with Britain." The Anglo-Egyptian talks which were sus- pended on 21 October were reopened informally on 22 December follow- ing Ambassador Stevenson's return from London. 5. Moroccan bombing produces critical situation: Comment: The Christmas eve bombings which resulted in the death of 12 Europeans and five Moroccans, was the most serious act of terrorism in Morocco since the deposition of the sultan last August. Previous terrorist activity had been restricted for the most part to attacks against individual pro-French Moroccans. - 5 - 3.3(h)(2) TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/07/10 CO2020910 30 Dec 53 3.5(c)