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Approved Felease 2003/04/18: CIA-RDP79T00%*A0101V!eiriet 25X1 25X1 DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Central Intelligence Bulletin DEPT OF STATE review(s) completed. Top Secret C 204 22 December 1967 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3 Approved Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T009 ~5A010600190001-3 25X1 25X1 22 December 1967 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS Vietnam: Situation report. (Page 1) European Communities - UK: Stagnation in EC affairs is likely after France's veto on Britain. (Page 5) Chile-Argentina: Frei warns that new dispute with Argentina could lead to a serious incident. (Page 7) Cuba: Castro opponents arrested (Page 8) Dahomey: Alley named head of state (Page 8) 25X111 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975A01p600190001-3 Approvedr *Vietnam 010600190001-3 25X1 South Vietnam: There are more indications of discontent with President Thieu among some of the generals, but apparently there is no danger of an early move against him. 25X1 The Lower House yesterday joined the Senate in rejecting the government's partial mobilization decree. The house voted to establish a committee to draft mobilization legislation on behalf of the assembly. Despite this setback the government is apparently going ahead with plans to implement the controversial decree. Plans to recall veterans in the 18-33 age bracket were announced yesterday in Saigon. Cambodia: Phnom Penh has commented officially on speculation in the western press about the possibility of Allied "hot pursuit" into Cambodia. On 21 December Phnom Penh radio announced that "35,000 armed soldiers" and the "entire civilian popula- tion" would fight US troops if they invaded Cambodia. (continued) 22 Dec 67 Approved For ReIo 25X1 Approved For ellease 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190041-3 25X1 There is no evidence, however, that Phnom Penh in- tends significantly to strengthen its border defenses, even though Chief of State Sihanouk recently exhorted his people to prepare for a full-scale guerrilla war. 22 Dec 67 Approved For Rel 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3 Next 2 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3 Approved For We ease 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975A410600190001-3 25X1 *European Communities - UK: France's veto of nego- tiations with the British is likely to be followed by a period of stagnation in community affairs, and serious frictions within the membership may be developing. A meeting of agricultural ministers--running con- currently with the Council session on 18-20 December-- was suspended by the German chairman after the Dutch minister had called for a halt in reprisal for the French action. This in turn infuriated French minister Faure, particularly because items of special interest to France had yet to be considered. At a subsequent meeting of social affairs ministers, the Belgian and Dutch representa- tives announced they would attend only as "silent partners" after their request for a cancellation was blocked by the German chairman. It is not clear how long such harassing tactics against the French will persist nor whether all Five will be willing to join in them. There is a prevailing feeling of indignation among the Five and within the Commission, but also a sense of resignation, Bonn, in particular, still seems minded to play down any air of crisis and presumably will be very cautious lest a "coalition of the Five" lead to un- wanted strains in the Franco-German "entente " (continued) 22 Dec 67 25X6 25X1 Approved For Relea0e 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO106p0190001-3 Approved r Release 2003/04/18: CIA-RDP79T00975 Dutch Foreign Minister Luns, according to press ac- counts, told parliament yesterday that all Five would be- gin "consultations" with Britain, but it is unclear with what authority he speaks. The Acting Director of the Bureau of.Intelli- gence and Research, Department of State, believes that although the French action has caused consider- able ill will, the repeatedly demonstrated unwill- ingness of Chancellor Kiesinger to allow the UK entry issue to injure Bonn-Paris relations, combined with Italian reluctance to see a-crisis in Western Europe develop before their election in June, will preclude any serious split (if that is what is meant by "serious frictions"), regardless of the degree of Benelux indignation before that time. 25X1 25X1 22 Dec 67 Approved Fort Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AQ10600190001-3 115X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3 A Channel boundary 1 { tf3LA\ claimed by Chile -^--S I ENNOX NUEVA Channel boundary claimed by Argentina _fC1 Cape Horn H' I L E Approv o; Punta Arenas 1'~> ,J? TIERRA DEL 1 FU EGO o Rio Grande ARGENTINA 1Jshuaia Pt_AG E CHANNFI. 22 Dec 67 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Map Approved ForI2el~ Chile-Argentina. Chilean President Frei warns that the latest episode in his country's dispute with Argentina over navigation rights in the Beagle Channel could develop into a serious incident. The current tension began in November when Argentine naval units fired at a Chilean patrol boat that came close to the base at Ushuaia while Argentine firing exercises were being conducted. The Chilean skipper has been relieved of command, but tempers are high in both countries. Frei has expressed fears that elements of the Argentine military plan to provoke an incident as a prelude to seizing three disputed channel islands. He stated that the navies of both countries rely on the Beagle problem to justify requests for high budgets and new equipment. Chile has asked the United Kingdom to arbitrate this dispute under a 1902 treaty. Argentina, however, has rejected arbitration by the UK, preferring to deal directly with Chile. 22 Dec 67 25X1 25X1 Approved For Rele$se 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10690190001-3 25X1 Approved FoTlRelease 2003/04/18: CIA-RDP79T00975A010 NOTES Cuba: Opponents of Fidel Castro's policies have been arrested recently, Those arrested apparently had been urging Castro to chart a more moderate course, on the domestic as well as the international scene. Some are old-line Communists, who have in any case been pushed to the fringes of power since 1964. Others, still in important positions, as well as some "moderates" in 25X1 the middle r nks of the ime have i3robably been af- fected, too. *Dahomey. Lt, Colo Alley was named head of state yesterday, replacing Major Kouandete who led the coup that ousted General Soglo on 17 December. Alley, army chief of staff under Soglo, had been detained since the coup. He was probably elevated to the presidency at the urging of the French, whose financial support is crucial to Dahomey. The retention of Kouandete as head of government indicates that Alley will not be given free rein and that the young officers who took power earlier this week do not intend to relinquish their control of the county 22 Dec 67 Approved For Re lease 2003/04/18: CIA-RDP79T00975 25X1 Top SbeCL d Fo1 elease 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975"A010600190001-3 Top Secret Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO10600190001-3