COMMUNIST AND CASTRO INFLUENCE DOMINANT IN LATIN AMERICAN PEACE CONGRESS

Created: 3/6/1961

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ttack on the US position in the Canal Zone would tie.en-thusiastically supported by delegates to the conference, as well as by observers who are attending from most Communistincluding China. The Panamanian demand for sovereignty may be used as partampaign against US retention of the naval base at Guantanamdp

(Thelma Kingong record of involvement In subversive political activity, and her current plotting with other irresponsible Panamanian politicals has contributed to the instability of the Chiari government. Reportedly subsidized by Castro, she has been successful in arousing support for him among student and other groups^

e conference seems to be the fruition of Communisttoatin American "people'sriginally set for9 when Castros prestige was at its height.to promote anti-US and pro-Castro sentiment, its agenda includes such topics as anti-Imperialism, anticolonialism,of national resources, and disarmament, as well as support of the Cuban revolution^)

secretariat drawn from Communist-front peace groups in ral Latin American countries has been in Mexico sinceworking out details of the meeting. Programs to arouse interest have been held recently among student, labor, andgroups in various countries, particularly in Mexico.widespread popularity in Mexico gives him some influence in the Lopez Mateos government--and other conference organizers have met several times recently with the Sovietto Mexico, Bazykin, and two Venezuelan delegates called on the envoy soon after their arrival onebruary?^

^Bazykin plans to leave soonatin American tourdesigned to explore possibilities for increasing Sovietand economic ties. Several countries, including Panama, have delayed issuing visas requested by him, and Colombia has actually refused toisa, saving the 'time is notforisit

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