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May 9, 1953
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r - Approved for Release: 2019/06/26 CO2901106, NweTOP SF,CRET 0/.117, '11) SECURI NFORMATION 9 May 1953 Copy No. 1,; 2$ CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO. NO CHANGE IN CLASS. ..4) doSErdET 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/06/26 CO2901106 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/06/26 CO2901106 Name UlioalettU t, SECU&tY INFORMATION In discussions with the British and American ambassadors in Paris, the French have reiterated their view that in- sistence on revision would shift to the West the blame for stalling the treaty and give the Soviet "peace" offensive a resounding victory at no cost. Comment: While there has been some indica- tion that the French have wished to delay a showdown on the questions of Germany and EDC, their objections to the US-proposed strategy on the Austrian treaty appear sincere. There is also reason to believe that the pre- vious support London and Vienna have given to revision of the draft treaty is based on the assumption that Washington will accept Article 35--the economic provisions--as it stands should this prove to be the only obstacle to a settlement. 8. French sentiment developing for four-power talks: French Socialist leader Guy Mollet believes that there is very strong sentiment in France for putting the Russian "peace" offensive to the test of four-power talks. Though few Frenchmen believe that Soviet aims have changed or that talks would have major results, Mollet feels that the Russians are off-balance and that the West would benefit by forcing the pace. Comment: While Mollet is presumably influenced by the desire to satisfy the wing of the Socialist Party led by rules Moch, whose UN disarmament proposal seems to be gaining support in French government ranks, there is sentiment in all French parties for another attempt at four-power talks. In the recent municipal election campalgn the Socialists advocated calling a four-power conference in case the party finally decided to oppose EDC. Many party members reportedly consider delay on the treaty desirable on the grounds that the Russians are more likely to make concessions before than after ratification. - 7 - TOPyZE T 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/06/26 CO2901106 Approved for Release: 2019/06/26 CO2901106 *two I UlwatU SECU INFORMATION 3.5(c) LATIN AMERICA 9. Bolivia believed ready to settle tin problem': Ambassador Sparks believes that the Bolivian Government is now prepared to settle with the former owners of the three nationalized mining companies. He describes this as a radical change in pa Icy influenced by American pressure for settlement of the compensation problem and refusal to discuss a term contract. 1' 3.3(h)(2) The same pressure, however, has made the United States vulnerable to strong criticism in Bolivia and throughout Latin America. The ambassador notes that the new Bolivian policy can be implemented only if Bolivia retains its American market for tin. The majority opinion in Bolivian government circles, according to the foreign minister, is that the United States does not intend to reach an agreement but is merely waiting for eco- nomic deterioration to cause the government's overthrow. 3.3(h)(2) 8 TOP SECRET 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/06/26 CO2901106