THE CRISIS USSR/CUBA

Created: 11/5/1962

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THE SITUATION IN CUBA

hotography obtained yesterday shows that four missile transporters, presumably with missiles, have arrived at the port of Hariel and are standing close by tbe three Soviet dry cargo vessels whlcb had previously been observed tied up there.

Seventeen missile erectprs,f them with stands, were also observed at Hariel in the vicinity, of another Soviet ship which is docked at the eastern end of the harbor.

Additional data from the missions flown yesterday are still being analyzed.

Trucks were observed shuttling along the roadthe Guanajay IRBM sites and Marieith trucks loaded with crates moving toward the port and empty trucks going in the opposite direction. Several Soviet trucks carrying heavy loads were seen bogged downhis area, and the general impression was that the activity ls being carried out in hurry and confusion.

A number of special transport vehicles and other equipment wero seen near dockside in Marlel,mall amount bad been Been one day earlier.

truck convoy carrying betweenoviet personnel was seen moving toward Havana from the eastovember. The men carried duffel bags and fieldand tbe convoy included two kitchen trucks.

LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENTS

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Briceno ls ln Washington vhere be plans to address the OAS onovember, on the Cuban situation and its relation to "Cuban-inspired subversion and sabotage" in Venezuela. He has brought "proof" vith bin but vould like more if the OS can supply it.

ovember the Argentine Chargd ln Mexico Cityour Ambassador that he had been assured that Mexico vlll support the Argentine resolution to set up OAS command of forces contributed to enforcement of measures in thesituation. There are some indications that Mexico may break relations vlthtep vhlch vould seem called for if endorsement ofommand ls forthcoming.

BLOC-CUBA

Tbe TASS announcement ofovember meetingMikoyan and Cuban leaders gave no details on the matters dlscusseJ or any Indication of the duration of Mikoyan's stay ln Cuba. This suggests that agreement Is yet to be reached on matters of inspection ln Cuba and tbe verification of the removal of Soviet missiles.

Soviet propaganda suggests that the Soviets intend to delay aa much as possible on the issue of UN inspection and verification, hoping that the issue will lose its force and immediacy as the missile sites are dismantled and lt appears that the missiles are being shipped home.

Radio Moscow continues to make vague references to Soviet support of Castro and Cuba and speclflcaly denies that any rift exlats between the USSR and Cuba. Soviet propaganda again seeks toroader US commitment not to invade Cuba and repeats claims that lt is time for the US to fulfill its part of the bargain with the USSR by ending the quarantine and aerial surveillance of Cuba. In discussing tbe Cuban settlement, Moscow warns that the West's tactics with regard to Cuba will not be applicableolution of the Berlin problem.

Communist China continues to give vociferous support to Castro and hla five demands. At the same time Peking's criticism of Soviet Cuban policy is becomingeople's Daily editorial implies that the USSR adopted an "appeasement policy" toward the US. Deriding the "Munich scheme against tbe Cubaneople's Dally declares that support of Castro's five demands is "the obligatory, internationalist duty of the people of all socialist Numerous masB rallies in support of Cuba have taken place in China, and Chou en-Lai has publiclyChinese solidarity with Castro and the Cuban people.

Sixteen Soviet Bloc ships are currently en route to Cuba. They include seven Soviet dry cargo ships, seven Soviet tankers, and two satellite dry cargo ships. The only vessel approaching the quarantine line is the Soviet dry cargo ship E. PUGACHEV which passed through theCanalovember at which time she was inspected by US authorities,.

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