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2000f gfp~~64fRF9T NOT RELEASABLE TO 4 April 1956 FOREIGN NATIONALS SC No. 01268/56 CONTINUED CONTROL Copy No. 10 3 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO. - NO CHANGE IN CLASS. I DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED 'IS S 4661 NEXT T REVIEW VIEW DATE: : AUTH H 1 OATS REVIEWER: 372044 OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the espio- nage laws, U. S. Code title 18, Sections 793, 794,and 798, the transmission or the revelation of the contents of which in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE KEPT IN COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS AT ALL TIMES It is to be seen only by U. S. personnel especially indoctrinated and authorized to receive COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE information. The security of this document must be main- tained in accordance with COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE REGULATIONS. No action is to be taken on any COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE which may be contained herein, regardless. of the advantage to be gained, unless such action is first approved by the Director of Central Intelligence. Approved For Rele 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79T00A002500100001-2 Comments and interpretations in this publication are based on all sources, including COMINT, and repre- sent the immediate views of the Office of Current In- telligence. The classification of a comment is noted separately only when it is higher than that of the re- port commented on. Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79T00975A002500100001-2 Approved For Release 2000/0 P79T095AO02500100001-2 25X1A CONTENTS 1. MEMBERS LOSING CONFIDENCE IN BAGHDAD PACT (page 3). 25X1A 2. PRAVDA ARTICLE STRESSES COMMUNIST UNITED- FRONT GOALS - (page 4). 25X1A 3. REPORTS OF JAPANESE MILITARY SHIPMENTS TO MIDDLE EAST (page 5). 25X1A 4. TOP GREEK COMMUNIST LEADERS IN EXILE OUSTED FROM PARTY POSTS (page 6). 25X1A 5. GREEK GOVERNMENT IN DILEMMA OVER TRIAL INVOLVING TURKISH CONSUL (page 7) 25X1A 25X1A THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 8) 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 2 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/ 9T00975A002500100001-2 Approved For Release 1 p 79T009 5A002500100001-2 25X1A 1., MEMBERS LOSING CONFIDENCE IN BAGHDAD PACT pact, He charged that "events are surpassing US capacities and the US seems to be getting dizzy.," and said that "the USSR is dynamic and working very hard and the US does not know what to do:' their Western allies because of hesitation in supporting the Menderes said these four countries are losing continence in Middle East, United States and Britain are to blame for the crisis in the Turkish prime minister Menderes--in summing up the results of an informal meeting of all Baghdad pact members except the UK in Karachi on 24 March-- stated ran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Turkey agree that the Menderes said he had told the British foreign secretary during his recent visit to Turkey that if neutralism is allowed to weaken the Baghdad pact, Turkey will be isolated and might have to reconsider its foreign policy, Comment In view of this attitude, the mid-April meeting of the pact's council in Tehran may be critical for the further development of the "northern tier" defense concept. 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 25X6 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79T00975A002500100001-2 Approved For Rese 2000/08 79T00_V5A002500100001-2 25X1A 25X1A 25X1A 2. PRAVDA ARTICLE STRESSES COMMUNIST UNITED- FRONT GOALS Comment on: A long article in Pravda on 31 March signed by central committee member Ponomarev has given fresh impetus to the Soviet campaign for co-operation between Communists and Socialists, stating that "now as never before" con- ditions are favorable for working-class unity The article urges Western European Socialists to join in united fronts with the Communists, and proposes increased international contacts and visits to Moscow. Ignoring the recent decision of the Socialist Inter- national at Zurich against contacts with the Communists, the article claims there was strong sentiment at the Zurich meeting in favor of such a policy. Ponomarev also stressed ,the need of seeking agreement on "specific, pressing issues" such as disarmament, nuclear weapons, European security, German unity, and workers' demands, rather than of dis- cussing the basic "theoretical and philosophic" problems dividing Socialists and Communists. This suggestion of con- centrating on points of agreement was the same one that Malenkov made recently to British Labor Party members. Inasmuch as European Socialists have already indicated their lack of receptiveness at Zurich, this article is presumably intended primarily as tactical guidance for the Communist parties and fronts of Western Europe. 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/0 *do 79T00975A002500100001-2 Approved For Release 2000/0 9T009ftA002500100001-2 25X1A 3, REPORTS OF JAPANESE MILITARY SHIPMENTS TO MIDDLE EAST 25X611 25X1A 25X1A Comment on: The press report of 2 April that Japanese arms manufacturers are illegally selling small arms and am- munition to Syria and other Middle East nations is of doubtful accuracy. Unidentified Japanese sources are quoted as saying that third country firms are handling the deals, some of them involving transshipments through Hong Kong. It is unlikely that the Japanese ordnance industry would jeopardize its important licensing agreements with the United States government by engaging in illegal arms deals. Japanese customs control of ocean-going traffic ap- pears to be efficient and capable of preventing any large ship- ments.. 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 5 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79T00975A002500100001-2 Approved For Relei se 2 T00W5A002500100001-2 25X1A 25X1A 4. TOP GREEK COMMUNIST LEADERS IN EXILE OUSTED FROM PARTY POSTS Comment on: Greek Communist Party leaders N. Zachariades and V. Bartziotas-- who are in exile in Bucharest--have been ousted from their party posts for "making grave political mistakes of a sectarian nature," according to an article in the Cominform journal of 30 March. The article attributed these "mistakes" to Zach- ariades' "erroneous leftist policy" from 1946 to 1949 and condemned him for "obstinately" defending and trying to impose his views on the party. Bucharest is the headquar- ters of the Cominform and the "Free Greek" radio, which has been silent since the first of the year. A new seven-man bureau headed by party central committee member A. Grozos reportedly will take over the functions of the politburo and secretariat. The bureau has been charged with redefining the party's tasks and tactical line. This action is in line with current Soviet attempts to improve relations with the Yugoslavs, who hold Zachariades responsible for alienating the formerly pro- Tito Greek Communist Party subsequent to Yugoslavia's expulsion from the Cominform. Moscow may also hope the removal of these men--which constitutes an implicit ad- mission that the Greek civil war of 1946 to 1949 was an error--will facilitate an improvement in Greek-Soviet rela- tions. 25X1 A 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 6 25X1A Approved For Release 2 0975AO02500100001-2 Approved For Release 2000/ 79T009ZZA002500100001-2 25X1A 5. GREEK GOVERNMENT IN DILEMMA OVER TRIAL INVOLVING TURKISH CONSUL Comment on: Greek prime minister Karamanlis will probably have to decide by mid- April whether to suppress a trial which would implicate the Turkish con- sul in Salonika in the explosion of a bomb on the grounds of the Turkish consulate last September. A Salonika court has charged that the Turks themselves set the bomb as a pretext for the subsequent anti-Greek riots in Turkey, If the prime minister drops the case, popular reaction may cause his government to fall; if he permits it to go to trial, Turkey certainly would react violently and might break re- lations with Greece. 25X611 Karamanlis contemplates broadening his government in order to involve opposition leaders in any decision on the trial. However, the opposition probably would not associate itself with an unpopular decision and thus 25X1A miss an opportunity to overthrow Karamanlis' government. 25X1A 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 7 Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO02500100001-2 Approved For Re4pse 0G4V5A002500100001-2 25X1 A 6A/ THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (Information as of 1700, 3 April) Nothing of significance to report. 4 Apr 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 8 25X1A Approved For Release 2 975AO02500100001-2