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Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975A017709 25X1 DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Central Intelligence Bulletin DIA and DOS review(s) completed. Secret 8 December 1970 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/08MP79T00975A017700090001-6 No. 0293/70 8 December 1970 Central Intelligence Bulletin CAMBODIA: Government forces have suffered heavy losses near Kompong Cham. (Page 1) 25X1 CHILE: Allende's reliance on leftist extremists is ~iampering the Communist Party. (Page 4) USSR-CUBA: Negotiation of economic agreements for the next five-year period has begun. (Page 5) POLAND: Gomulka has announced that grain imports from the USSR will reach a record level this year. (Page 6) WEST GERMANY: Brandt has apparently given up on ratification of the treaty with Poland before some settlement on Berlin. (Page 7) USSR-NIGERIA: Credit (Page 8) USSR-AUSTRALIA: Meat transaction (Page 8) VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: Firm Venezuelan stand (Page 8) Approved For Release 2003/084 ( 4 2PP79T00975A017700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/0$/f'1C IA,DP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Current Situation THAILAND Enemy harassment ph."` lye nh // ,.$re,F h,long Communist attacks eha" ! Skoun KompongSom0'--^. (Sihanoukville) Cambodia o Principal city (10,000 or over) Population over 125 per sq. mi. Communist-controlled area 0 MILES 550648 12-70 CIA Stray Rieng LAOS ,-J , Saigon V I E T N A M Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 SECRET Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975A017700090001-6 SECRET CAMBODIA: Government forces have suffered heavy losses as the Communists strengthen their po- sition south of Kompong Cham city. Communist attacks on 6 December on three gov- ernment battalions clustered at Peam Chikang, a dis- trict headquarters town some ten miles southwest of Kompong Cham, evidently routed those forces. Before losing radio contact, the government commander at Peam Chikang claimed he had over 100 troops wounded, plus unknown numbers killed or missing. A senior Cambodian Army officer at Kompong Cham subsequently reported that more than 100 government soldiers had been killed in the fighting. According to the US defense attache, Phnom Penh has no new information on the fate of the three bat- talions. Although a handful of soldiers from one of the battalions has straggled into the nearby town of Prey Totung, it ma be several days before they can be debriefed. The attacks on the town may have inflicted on the Cam- bodians their worst setback since the enemy began to step up military activity last month. The Communists also retain the initiative on several other fronts, disrupting government efforts to reoccupy positions along major roadways. For example, enemy harassing attacks are still prevent- ing government troops both from reopening Route 7 between Skoun and Kompong Cham city and from ad- vancin beyond Sre Khlong on Route 4. Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/0g t 1p, t,DP79T00975A017700090001-6 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 SECRET CHILE: President Allende's reliance on leftist extremists, including the Movement of the Revolu- tionary Left (MIR), is hampering the Communist Party's efforts to consolidate power. Composed largely of upper-class radicals and not a member of the administration's Popular Unity (UP), the MIR has long been considered a major enemy by the Communist Party (PCCh). 25X1 25X1 Last week Allende imposed a truce that favors the MIR in a violent student confrontation between the MIR and the Communists. In this setback for the Communists, which has been well publicized, the MIR triumphed in heading a combined slate with the UP candidates for the University of Concepcion student elections on 10 December. The public ap- pearance of three MIR leaders who have been fugi?- tives from criminal charges for many months indi- cates the MIR's confidence in Allende's tolerance. Meanwhile, high PCCh leaders have complained that Allende is indifferent toward UP congressmen, particularly Communists, and does not advise them of government planning. 8 Dec 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/0&D' jZ1]K-'FDP79T00975A017700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/080CR4~FPP79T00975A017700090001-6 USSR-CUBA: Negotiation of economic agreements covering t e period from 1971 to 1975 has begun. A Cuban delegation headed by Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, one of Fidel Castro's closest advisers, arrived in Moscow on 2 December to begin talks covering "economic cooperation" for the next five years. Lower-level discussions concerning the 1971 trade protocol had begun a week earlier. Rodriguez apparently is in Moscow to negotiate renewal of two long-term agreements: the basic trade agreement, which was signed in 1960 and renewed in 1965, and the 1964 sugar agreement under which the USSR is committed to purchase five million tons of Cuban sugar annually at six cents per pound. Rodriguez also may be seeking new long-term Soviet credits. Cuba's utilization of about $300 million in Soviet credits during 1970 has raised its total economic aid debt to the USSR to approx- imately $2.7 billion. Given the outlook for future sugar crops, Havana probably will continue to need significant infusions of Soviet aid. 8 Dec 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 SECRET Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/ .IWDP79T00975A017700090001-6 25X1 POLAND: Party chief Gomulka has announced that grain imports from the USSR will reach a record level this year. Imports of two million metric tons will be more than 50 percent above Soviet shipments in 1969, but still will leave another 500,000 tons to be purchased from Western suppliers. Domestic production still is unable to meet Poland's needs, and preliminary estimates of the 1970 grain crop indicate that it is no better than five years ago. Despite rising demand, Gomulka also revealed that meat consumption during the coming year will have to remain at the 1969 level. The Polish con- sumer can expect shortages of pork to remain serious through mid-1971. Gomulka claimed that meat ex- ports are half of what they were in 1965, and that further export cutbacks are not possible if Warsaw is to meet its hard-currency payment obligations to Western countries. Moreover, the regime has stated that it is unwilling to assume additional foreign debt in order to increase imports of agri- cultural commodities. Gomulka hinted that prices might be hiked to dampen demand. The government may hesitate to do this, however, because of current consumer discon- tent. F_ I 8 Dec 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved For Release 2003/D Y:?c JRDP79T00975A017700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 SEIS "T00975A017700090001-6 WEST GERMANY: The Bonn government apparently has given up the-idea of seeking ratification of the Polish - West German treaty before some West Berlin settlement is reached. A week ago Foreign Minister Scheel declared-- apparently on his own responsibility--that a satis- factory Berlin agreement would have to precede rat- ification of any treaties with East European states not just the one with the USSR. Publicity on measures for the emigration of ethnic Germans to West Germany, negotiated in con- nection with the Polish treaty, should help to make it acceptable to the West German public. This would be particularly true if, as the West German Red Cross expects, large numbers of the ethnic Germans begin arriving early next year. 8 Dec 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X6 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/08/21 :CIA RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Approved For Release 2003/08/2E8 f{ f 79T00975A017700090001-6 USSR-NIGERIA: Moscow has extended a $6.7?-mil- lion credit to Lagos for geological prospecting. The recently signed agreement is part of an economic cooperation pact concluded late in 1968. The survey will include prospecting for iron ore, coal, and other raw materials. The Soviets apparently are awaiting the results of the survey to determine if establishment of an iron and steel industry in Ni- geria is economically feasible. 25X1 USSR-AUSTRALIA: The USSR has urgently nego- tiated-the purchase of 50,000 tons of Australian meat. This reflects the continuing tight supply of meat in the Soviet Union following the severe :L968- 69 winter. The first shipment under the $28-million deal is scheduled to leave Melbourne on 10 December. In February Moscow bought 36,000 tons of beef and mutton from Australia for delivery in the half of 1970. 25X1 VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: President Caldera is taking a firmer stand on relations with Colombia. At a recent press conference he said that the 200,000 to 400,000 Colombians illegally residing in Venezu- ela would have to leave. He also took a stronger than usual attitude on Venezuela's dispute with Co- lombia over possession of the possibly oil-rich Gulf of Venezuela, asserting that the gulf was "vital" and "fundamental." for Venezuela and that it was sacred territory. Caldera and most members of his administration want, good relations with Colombia but differences between the two countries touch on such vital interests that, despite good will on both sides, tension is likely to continue. C In Bogota, early private reaction by Colombian officials re- flects surprise that Caldera has taken such a force- ful position. Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/08/E6GL ['U)79T00975A017700090001-6 Secr'&roved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6 Secret Approved For Release 2003/08/21 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO17700090001-6