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r 7,/,;(", :Aproved;or Release: CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 2019/10/21 C03015155 RET 5 June 1956 Copy No. 03 10C UM Et NO. NO IN CLASS. GLASS. CHANGED TO: TS S C NEXT REVIEW DATE� ADUTE111_, AT A4 REVIEWER: 4 OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) T's3c-c Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 r!� Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 I lir or: Nei Noe CONTENTS 1.74E ROTEST TITO-TOGLIATTI COMMUNIQUE �7(page 3). 2, SOUTH KOREAN ARMY CHIEF MAY BE REMOVED (page 4). 3. THE BOMBAY RIOTS (page 5). 4. SOVIET-BUILT DESTROYERS MAY BE EN ROUTE TO EGYPT (page 6). 5 June 56 * * * * THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 7) Current Intelligence Bulletin Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Page 2 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 t.4,111 1151:11-1-44414L 1. ROME WILL PROTEST TITO-TOGLIATTI COMMUNIQUE The Italian charg�n Belgrade has been instructed to protest the communiqu� which was issued at the conclusion of President Tito's meeting with Italian COmmtinist Party chief Togliatti. According to the Amer- ican embassy in Rome, the Foreign Ministry considers that the communiqu�onstitutes Yugoslav interference in Italian internal affairs because Tito, as head of state, indicated a desire for closer relations with a party in opposition to the Rome government. The charg�lso is to say that Italian pub- lic opinion will find it very difficult to understand this com- muniqu�n view of the friendly relations between Italy and Yugoslavia. Comment Italian-Yugoslav relations, which have been much improved since the October 1954 Trieste settlement, may worsen if Rome is led to be- lieve that Tito wants to resume close contacts with the Italian Communist Party or to attempt to strengthen Yugoslav influ- ence in Albania. Despite Italy's suspicion, Yugoslavia has thus far refrained from any action in Albania which would jeop- ardize its relations with Italy or its Balkan pact allies. 5 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 CCJFIDE.,31.T1A1, Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 0.1Cil.114.. 2. SOUTH KOREAN ARMY CHIEF MAY BE REMOVED Comment on/. The imminent replacement of South Korean army chief of staff Chong Il-kwon, ould remove from power e second member of a nu virate, which has exerted a moderating influence on President Rhee. The triumvirate consisted of Chong, assembly speaker Yi Ki-pung, and the recently fired former defense minister, Son Won-IL Son himself has told the American charge that Chong may be replaced as chief of staff, since positions are needed for persons who successfully delivered votes for Ithee and Yi in the elections. Son attributes his own removal to the current power struggle within Rhee's Liberal Party. Yi Ki-pung, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate, is confronted by strong opposition within the South Korean assembly, although his re-election as speaker appears probable. His prestige will suffer, however, should he be un- able to prevent the removal of Chong as chief of staff, regarded as one of the most important posts in Korea. 5 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4 4x,RET Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Noe 3. THE BOMBAY RIOTS Comment on: The extensive rioting in Bombay reflects the intensity of feeling which still exists in some parts of India on the issue of re- organizing the country's political divisions along linguistic lines. Marathi-speaking opponents of the govern- ment's plan to exclude Bombay from the proposed Maharashtra state and make it a separate bi-lingual unit took advantage of Prime Minister Nehru's presence in the city at a Congress Party committee meeting to attempt to repeat last January's disturb- ances, which were directed by the Communists. Anxious to avoid a repetition of the bloodshed that resulted in 200 deaths in January, the Bombay police this time were ready to handle the demonstrators. Although more than 1,000 have been arrested, only one death has been reported so far. Nehru's refusal to consider inclusion of Bombay in Maharashtra and his statement that he was deter- mined to put down tendencies toward "violence, indiscipline, and adventurism" indicate that the prime minister considers it essential to maintain public decorum as well as the authority of the government. Nehru, always sensitive to world opinion, will be particularly annoyed by the antagonism manifested toward himself in the riots shortly before his departure on a series of foreign visits, including the United States,, 5 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin CON 1AL Page 5 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Approved for Release: 2019/10151 C03015155 171 Nome 4. SOVIET-BUILT DESTROYERS MAY BE EN ROUTE TO EGYPT Comment on: Two destroyers of the Soviet Skoryy class, which have left the Baltic and transited the English Channel, probably are being delivered to the Egyptian navy. They reportedly were engaged in elemen- tary training exercises at Gdynia, appar- ently with some Egyptian crewmen, for the past two months. The vessels, flying Polish flags, are be- lieved to have been transferred from the USSR to the Poles this year for delivery to Egypt as part of the Soviet bloc-Egyptian arms deal. Skoryy destroyers are larger and more modern than any warships yet transferred by the Soviet Union to any of its Satellites. Two more Egyptian de- stroyers purchased from Britain are not expected to arrive in Egyptian waters prior to September. Israel's two destroyers, recently purchased from Britain, are expected to arrive in Israeli waters about 11 June, according to the American army attache in Tel Aviv. 5 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 6 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Niue Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Ley N., a THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (Information as of 1700, 4 June) An Israeli military spokesman stated on 4 June that Jordanian forces on the outskirts of Jerusalem fired into Israeli territory for the second day. No casualties were re- ported. On 3 June an Israeli worker was reported killed in a clash in the same area. (Press) told the American army attach�n Tel Aviv on 1 June that Israel was attempting to pur- chase $30,000,000 worth of military equipment from Japan. French premier Guy. Mollbt told the National Assembly on 2 June that the present government would not enter into more contracts for the supply of arms to the Arab states. Mollet said that small arms were not being delivered to the Arab states regardless of contracts by previous governments because they might reach the insurgents in Algeria. (Press) Egypt and Saudi Arabia have in the past con- tracted for heavy combat eauinment. including tanks and artillery from France. Israeli situation.) 5 June 56 (See page 6 for another article on the Arab- Current Intelligence Bulletin TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155 Page 7 rr#1 /f/7):mved f;j2=2;/;1 /Of Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015155