SOVIET TACTICS AT THE GENEVA TALKS

Created: 1/15/1959

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CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY9

SOVIET TACTICS AT THE GENEVA TALKS

Talks

Tlie Soviet delegate to the Geneva, tauclearagreement, ile agreeing to negotiate treaty articles tiaaii'ng withnoncontroversial points, has

CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY9

deviated from tbe basic posltloD taken onecember by Soviet Foreign Minister "invalidsought by the West were blocking agreement. Moscow may believe that ostensibleto all points except those "conditions" would further the Soviet effort to place on the West the onus for any stalemate.

Moscow probably hopes toreakdown in theover this issue, at least until It hasore complete record of Its desire for the form of conference-approved draft articles on noncontro-verslal Issues. The western delegations onanuarya Soviet suggestion, intended to create the false

impression of progress, which would transferubsequent portion of tbe treaty those parts of estern-proposed article with which Moscowthereby stripping the article of any real substance.

West to the Soviet version of the control-commissionbefore the issue isin detail.

Surprise-Attack Talks

The Soviet call of anuary to reconvene theconference in Geneva on measures to prevent surprise attack is Intended to underline Moscow's claim that the west is responsible for the stalemate in the pre-Christmas sessions. The note charges that, by rejecting the original Soviet proposal to reconvene on anuary, the West had delayed the search for utually satisfactory solution. Moscow on 13 January published the text of the note, probably believing that its bid tonegotiations would contrast favorably wltb Westernthat the results ofsessions be evaluatedpecific date is set for reconvening.

soviet delegate onanuarycompromise" draft article which would the parties to allow an agreed number of control posts on their territories and including overflights, of events suspected of being nuclear explosions. Inspecific elements of the control commission to be allowed in the territories of treaty members, however, the Soviet draft omits components in the Western concept of such ystem with which Moscow takes exception. Moscow was trying to commit the

The Soviet Union has not changed its views on tbe scope of these talks. The noteIts determination to Introduce politicaland states specifically that the Soviet "declaration" onovember still applies. Reaffirmation of thisan omnibus plan linking tho surprise-attack problem todisarmamentthat Moscow still does not desireris^or^

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