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Letter from Leonid Brezhnev to Alexander Dubček Inviting a CPCz Delegation to the Warsaw Meeting, July 6, 1968
Our Source: Navratil, Jaromir.
"The Prague Spring 1968". Hungary: Central European Press, 1998,
Original Source: ÚSD, Archiv UV KSČ, F. 01, Sv. 210, A.j 131
Translated by: Mark Kramer, Joy Moss and Ruth Tosek
Comment: This is an invitation from Brezhnev to Dubček for a meeting between the two countries. This letter was sent on Dubček´s request containing the purpose of the meeting. At a CPCz CC Presidium meeting a couple of days later the decision was that Czechoslovakia would turn down the offer of sending a delegation to Warsaw.
6 July 1968
To the First Secretary of the CPCz
Comrade A. Dubček:
At the behest and urging of the Central Committees of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party, the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, and the Polish United Workers' Party, we appeal to you with a proposal to attend a comradely meeting at the very highest level to discuss the situation that has emerged in the ČSSR.
As things look now, this meeting will be held either on Wednesday the 10th or on Thursday the 11th of July in Warsaw.
At the head of the delegations from the fraternal parties will be the highest-ranking officials. The precise composition of each delegation will be left to the respective CC to decide.
We hope that you will show full understanding for our proposal and that a delegation representing the CPCz will come to the conference of fraternal parties in Warsaw.
With communist regards,
General Secretary, CPSU CC