THE CRISIS USSR/CUBA

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THE CRISIS USSR/CUBA

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CUBAN CRISIS NEGOTIATIONS

U Thant's preliminary report of his encounters with Pidel Castro onndctober stressed his impression that Castro la furious over Soviet agreement to dismantle the missile bases and determined to do all in his power to prevent any inspection of Cuban territory eitheror after removal.

Castrohant there had been no Soviet-Cuban consultation before Khrushchev's letter to Presidentwas released onctober. He acknowledged that the subsequent statement of Cuba's demands had been made to complicate the situation for the Soviets.

Soviet General Stazenko, identifying himself asof-all Soviet military personnel in Cuba,hant and his military adviser that Khrushchev's order to begin dismantling the bases had been received00 on Sunday,ctober, and that dismantling began

According to General Rikhye, Stazenko said tbat all missiles and major equipment items would be removed by Friday, when remaining "bits and pieces" would be Crating and movement to ports would take sometime. Stazenko expects to leave Cuba with the equipment.

There was no mention of tho disposition of the Soviet BEAGLE jet bombers now in Cuba,hant and Rikhye "had the impression" that these would also be evacuated.

Tbe Soviet officer was described as showing little concern over the prospect of continued US aerialof tho missile sites. Castro reportedly was very strongly opposed, even under UN auspices. The Cubans told Rikhye that they would resist any further violations of their air space and left the impression that they hadthe standard pattern of such reconnaissance flights. Rikhye was left uncertain as to which anti-aircraftin Cuba were in Cuban hands as opposed to Soviet hands; he was certain that those weapons controlled by Cubans would definitely go into action against US overflights, but did not know whether those manned by Soviet personnel would also do ao.

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Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Kuznetsov told DS negotlatlor McCloy during the coursene-hour meeting in New Tork onctober that all anti-aircraft weapons in Cuba, including the SAM sites, were in Cuban hands. There is ample evidence in clandestine reports, Cuban refugee

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leaders are showing concern that Castro'sto block an agreement-could revive the danger of US military action and thwart Soviet efforts'to salvage tbe USSR's position in Cuba. The immediate purpose of Mikoyan's urgent trip to Havana via New York is veryto exert pressure on Castro so that an early agreement can be concluded. He is also probably under instructions to work out coordinated negotiating tactics with the Cuban government.

In his efforts to hasten Castro's cooperation, Mikoyan may make new offers of assistance. Several members of the delegation accompanying Mikoyan are Soviet economic and trade specialists. Khrushchev'sctober letter made it clear that the USSR will not "absolve ourselves offor rendering assistance to the Cuban people."

Soviet propaganda supporting Castro's "Just demands" stops short of suggesting that the USSR is demandingof Castro's proposals, and Mikoyan almost certainly will not endorse Castro's insistence on the return of the Guantanamo naval base and termination of US economic

He may, however, agree to support Castro's attempts to obtain US guarantees extending beyond President Kennedy's offer of assurances that the US will not invade Cuba. In an effort to end US support for the activities of Cuban exile groups, the USSR and Cuba may call for reciprocal pledges by the US, Cuba, and theestern Hemisphereto respect each other's sovereignty and to refrain from interference in each other's internal affairs.

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to the completion of the dismantling and removal of the missiles in Cuba.

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Kuznetsov had told TJ Thant prior to the latter'sfor Havana that the Soviet missiles were beingand shipped out, and that when this process wasthe USSR would report to the UN Security Council and proposeN team could conduct on-site Yesterday, however, Moscow Instructed itsin Havana tohant before his return to New York that he and his associates would be permitted "to look at whatever they wantn Cuba."

This apparent concession to US insistence on theof Inspection throughout the process of dismantling would seem to provide further evidence of Moscow's anxiety tbat Castro's obstructionist tactics may provoke the US to resort to military action to neutralize the missile sites. On the other band, the USSR may feel it can afford to make this ostensible concession at no costs to Soviet interests and rely on Cuban rejection of any UN presence. hant's preliminary report does not Indicate whether the Sovietin Havana made any offer to let him make such an inspection.

Soviet propaganda continues to avoid linking thesituation with the Berlin issue, and Moscow is evidently ordering its propagandists to play down traditionalthemes in its slogans forovember anniversary of the revolution.

Peiping continues its criticism of Khrushchev's retreat. An article inovember issue of the authoritative party journal Red Flag described UN involvement In Cuba aswith the independence and sovereignty of Cuba. Red Flag also asserts that only by having unshakeable faith In the revolutionary fight "can one avoid being cowed" by US military pressure or "deceived" by its flowery words. The article describes the Chinese people as the "most loyal and most reliable" comrades of the Cubans.

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THE SITUATION IN CUBA

Castro is expected to break Cuba's official silence on the outcome of the negotiationshant in anation-wide radio-TV address this evening. He may be expected to reiterate both his demand that noof Cuban territory be undertaken and bis insistence that his fivetbe evacuation of the Guantanamo Navalmet by the US before any non-invasion pledge is "satisfactory" to him. Cubanmedia continue to give heavy play to statements that Castro's five points are natural and necessary Soviet endorsement of the demands as,"just" has been seized upon and publicized by Cuba as evidence of the USSR's "vigorous support" of Cuba.

personnel in Havana saw no evidence ju wiuiwr auwmobile trip from Havana to Mariel and

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back thatwere then dismantling their missile sites. There was no sign of the transportation of such equipment to port areas of Havana or Mariel; on thethere was evidence of considerable Soviet activity including the movement of building materials for anpurpose.

Soviet General Igor Stazenko told General Rikhye that the UN information on Soviet missile Installations in Cuba (provided to the UN by the US) was "about correct." He said that although none of the IRBMs were operational, "six or eight" MRBMs "had been" operational. Stazenko said there wereoviet military personnelcivilian construction workers in Cuba, and gave thethese would be evacuated along witb the missile equipment. Rikhye appeared convinced of Stazenko's good faith.

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BLOCTATUS

No significant changes have been noted during the pastours In the disposition or readiness posture of theSoviet and satellite aiilitary forces.

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SOVIET BLOC SHIPPING TO CUBA

With the departure of the East German dry-cargo vessel THEODOR KOERNES from Stettin onctober, tho number of Bloc vessels en route to Cuba has been increased to eleven. These consist of five Soviet tankers (LISICHANSK, MIR, KARL MARX, GROZNY, andour Soviet dry-cargo ships (BKLOVODSK, E. PUGACHEV, MICHURINSK, CHERNYAKOVSK), and two satellite dry-cargo vessels (KLADNO and THKODORf these, the BELOVODSK, GROZNY and KLADNO, which arrived at the quarantine line several days ago, still have notbeyond it.

The KARL MARX and MIR are expected to reach tbeline tonight.

The Czechoslovak dry-cargo vessel KLADNO left heron the quarantine line yesterday, and rendezvousedositioniles northeast with the Bast Germanvessel VOELKEHFREUNDSCHAFT, now en route from Cuba to Rostock, toick KLADNO crewman.

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EVIDENCE ON POSSIBILITY CDBANS MAY BE MANNING SA-2

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EVIDENCE ON CUBAN INSTRUCTIONS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS SABOTAGE OPERATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA

1. There is evidence that the Castro regime has issued at least some instructions for anti-USand sabotage operationsesult of US actions in the current Cuban crisis.

2. Our strongest evidencea transmitter

somewnere near navana, instructing unknown Latin American addressees to destroy "any kind of Yankee property," One day later saboteurs blew up four electrical substationsS-owned oil operation in Venezuela.

ccordinglandestine report, leaders of the Nicaraguan Communist Party met onctoberlan of action to support Cuba.

wu Pitaraguan oupansoeinHjlance because "we have information that

uracrcuenemies of our government plan to sabotage and burntanks of the different gasoline companies duringof the ships."

5. This past June, according to several clandestine reports, certain Soviet and Latin American Communists agreed to organize strikes and sabotage againsternments that supported the United States ifbroke out in Cuba or if Cuba were attacked. These plans reportedly call for violence against US citizens and property in Latin America.

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Another clandestine reportuatemalan Communist as saying within the past week that "aggression" against Cuba will be the signal for sabotage of US firms and installations and attacks on US personnel.

Castro still has at his disposal five embassies-in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, andcould be used to pass Instructions to area Communists. He also has the large Radio Havana facility which beams inten sive propaganda at Latin America, and he operates the Prensa Latina press network abroad.

Castro himself has spoken publicly over Radioonly once since the start of the current Cuban crisis he did not at that time call for any anti-US violence in other Latin American countries.

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