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December 21, 2016
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June 30, 2008
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March 4, 1950
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Approved For Release 2008/06/30: CIA-RDP78-01617A006100060025-7 14AR 19gn 24631+ "T 1230 EUROPE 1. FINLAND- Communists may be included in new Cabinet-- US Minister Cabot in Helsinki has learned from various quarters that responsible businessmen, government officials, and politicians are considering the inclusion of Communists in unimportant positions in the new Cabinet, Cabot adds that the apparent Finnish intention would be to place the Commu- nists in positions where they will be "well hedged in." The Minister expresses the opinion that there may be some vali- dity to the argument that the inclusion of the Communists in the Cabinet will "draw their domestic political sting" by making it difficult for the Communists to avoid responsi- bility for damage to the Finnish economy resulting from their irresponsible agitation, In reviewing the "obviously formidable" objections to including Communists in the Fin- nish Cabinet, Cabot points out that the Communists would try, regardless of government precautions, to gain. control of the government, The Minister also expresses concern regarding the unfavorable effect the reversal of Finland's attitude toward the Communists would have in other Euro- pean countries, particularly those where Communists had once been Cabinet members, State Dept. review completed Approved For Release 2008/06/30: CIA-RDP78-01617A006100060025-7