CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN - 1956/01/11

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Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 ri/ 0 /./ /./ /./ 0 de-?" CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN TOP 11 January 1956 Copy No. 103 DOCUMENT NO 4-cV NO CHANGE IN ei.ASS LI DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: Ts 8 C -NEXT FIEVIEW DATE. Z2010 MITI+ HA DATE: _TAR__ REVIEWER: OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TOP SECRET z Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 A %-"A ´┐Ż,1.1:A..1%1:J NW" CONTENTS 1. PROSPECTS FOR COMMUNIST SUPPORT OF A FRENCH GOVERNMENT page 3). 2. COMMUNIST CHINA SEEKING TRADE PACT WITH SAUDI ARABIA page 4). 3. END OF BURMA COMMUNIST PARTY REBELLION MAY BE IMMINENT page 5). THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 6) 11 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 2 _Top__sgicitra, Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 002989471 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 1. PROSPECTS FOR COMMUNIST SUPPORT OF A FRENCH GOVERNMENT The American embassy in Paris specu- lates that the French Communist Party, despite rebuffs of its overtures for a popular front, may now be trying to force Mendes-France's Republican Front to accept its parliamentary support for a new government without Com- munist representation in the cabinet. The Communists emphasize that with their support the Republican Front could control the assembly. Except on foreign policy, their political program has been readjusted to include objectives which in most cases probably would be pursued by a Republican Front government. The Communist Party under these circumstances would probably avoid obstruc- tionist tactics in order to create the fiction of a popular front for propaganda purposes. Comment The uncompromising stand of Republican Front leaders Guy Mollet and Mendes- France suggests that they are considering a minority gov- ernment which the Faure-Pinay forces would be obliged to tolerate. The constitution permits a government to be invested with less than an absolute majority of the whole assembly, and Republican Front leaders might at- tempt a minority government if they were to get a majority of those voting exclusive of Communist support. Socialist leaders are particularly sensi- tive to the threat of Communist co-operation because of pressure within many Socialist local federations for a popular front. It may be in an attempt to counter this threat that ex-president Auriol is reportedly prepared to head a coalition which would include right-center ministers. A compromise coalition of ministers from both the Republican Front and Faure-Pinay forces remains the most likely so- lution, II Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 Approved for Release: 2019/101/21 CO2989471 'kJ I 4L4i RI- wv. 2. COMMUNIST CHINA SEEKING TRADE PACT WITH SAUDI ARABIA The announcement from Peiping on 9 January that a high-level Chinese Com- munist trade delegation is now in Saudi Arabia indicates that the Chinese prob- ably expect to conclude a trade agree- ment with the Saudis along the lines of their recently con- cluded pacts with Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. The Chinese consider this mission important in their vigorous campaign to foster relations with Arab states, and it is led by Chiang Ming, a deputy minister of foreign trade. The mission, according to a press report from Jidda, was invited by the Saudi Arabian government to discuss co-operation in trade between the two countries. 11 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4 TflP .c,FrriTT Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 Approved for Release:_2019/10/21 CO2989471 *Rol 3. END OF BURMA COMMUNIST PARTY REBELLION MAY BE IMMINENT The statement by Burmese premier Nu on 10 January that his government is willing to legalize the insurgent Burma Communist Party if it will renounce force as a means to achieve its aims suggests that the unobtrusive peace talks under way for the past few months are about to reach a successful conclusion. The Communists, who have been fighting the government since February 1948, have offered publicly to surrender in return for guarantees that Burma not join "the Anglo-American blocr that political prisoners be released, and that full constitutional freedoms be ac- corded to all "democratic groups." Nu said, "We have nothing against Com- munist ideology," but made it clear that the Communists would not be taken into his present government He indi- cated that if a settlement were reached, the Communists would be free to participate in the parliamentary elections scheduled for April. The Communists command a sizable following, which includes the pro-Communist Burmese Workers and Peasants Party--already represented in parliament´┐Żinfluential student groups, and peasant sup- port in areas that have been under their control. In open political action, the Communists would be able to exploit to their own advantage any benefits Burma may derive from its increasingly close economic and political ties with the Sino-Soviet Orbit. 11 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 5 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO2989471 4 L-AIA +J444.441,4 NW" THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (Information as of 1700, 10 January) No significant military activity has been reported. Minor firing has occurred across the Egyptian- Israeli and Jordanian-Israeli frontiers. (Press) Egypt intends to station torpedo boats at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba. it should send specifications for the necessary pipes for supplying torpedo boats from a 5,000-gallon stor- age tank. Heretofore Egypt has Stationed only a single patrol craft at the mouth of the gulf. The Israelis have re- cently transported three toroedo boats overlan?. to Eilat at the head of the gulf. The Soviet freighter Genera khovsky, carrying heavy cases on deck, arrived at the Egyptian port of Alexandria on 6 January and berthed in the closely guarded security zone there. This is the fourth vessel believed to have carried arms from the Black Sea to Alexandria since the beginning of the year. Each of them declared a cargo of machinery for Albania as it passed Istanbul. A fifth Soviet freighter, the Krasnodar, which reportedly made the same declaration when it passed Istanbul with large cases on deck on 8 January, may also be proceeding toward Alexandria. The Krasnodar has made two previous voyages carrying military equip- ment to Alexandria. 11 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 6 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 002989471