MEXICAN STAND ON CUBA AFFECTED BY LEFTIST PRESSURES

Created: 7/13/1960

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Mexican Stand on Cuba Affected by Leftist Pressures

Mexican Foreign Minister Manuel Telle released ontatement declaring that the pro-Cuban sentiments expressed recently by two Mexican congressional leaders do "notreflect the views of the Mexican Government but admitting the existence in Mexicoprofound affection forhe Tello statement broke the administration^ silence on Mexico's position on the US-Cuban controversy, but further clarification is not likely to be forthcoming at this time.

government's announcement explained--apparently In an effort to curb riGing anti-US sentiment inefforts to obtain an official explanation of the Mexican position on Cuba were in line with normal diplomatic practice. Mexico has long beensensitive about any action which it interprets asInterference In Its domestic or foreign affairs.

uly Foreign Minister Tello confided to thevery serious" leftist and Communist problemin Mexico, and that manifestations of Mexican support for the Castro regime in Cuba should be viewed against that background. He remarked that President Lopez Mateos was forced to takemeasures to foil leftist plans and asked that the US "leave us to handle Oils matter in our ownimilar comments were made by Mexican officials following the warm reception recently accorded to visiting Cuban President Dortlcos.

Mexico Is faced with strong pro-Cuban pressures from aminority. Influential ex-President Lazaro Cardenas,tanch defender of the Cuban revolution, also maintainedpeechuly that theiU8 policy of "economic aggression" against Cuba was unjustified. >icente Lombardorominentleader, is reliably reported to be making plansass demonstration allegedly ln support of President Lopez. Mateos but presumably to pressure himro-Castro stand. .Radical students and other leftist-influenced groups may provide further demonstrations of pro-Castro support in the near future.

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