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Statement by the CPCz CC Presidium after the Talks at Čierna nad Tisou and Bratislava, August 6, 1968
Our Source: Navratil, Jaromir.
"The Prague Spring 1968". Hungary: Central European Press, 1998, pp. 330
Original Source: “Předsednictvo ÚV KSČ o výsledcích rozhovorú v Čierné a Bratislavĕ,” Rudé právo (Prague), August 8, 1968, p. 1.
Translated by: Mark Kramer, Joy Moss and Ruth Tosek
Comment: This statement was adopted after the Čierna nad Tisou and Bratislava meetings.
At its meeting on 6 August, the CPCz CC Presidium, in the presence of members of the CPCz CC Secretariat, discussed the outcome of the talks with the CPSU CC Politburo at Čierna nad Tisou. The presidium noted that in the four-day talks there bad been a comprehensive and fruitful discussion that resulted in the adoption of significant conclusions for the benefit of future cooperation between the two fraternal parties. A significant decision emanating from the talks at Čiema was that a meeting would be convened among representatives of six communist and workers' parties in Bratislava. That meeting adopted a statement on the common position of the participants on major issues of socialist development and international relations.
The CPCz CC Presidium endorsed the procedure and work of the delegation of the CPCz CC Presidium at the Bratislava meeting. It noted that the proceedings and work of the delegation bad contributed to the success of these talks.
The CPCz CC Presidium regards the outcome of the two meetings as the joint accomplishment of all participating delegations and a fresh impetus for the promotion of mutually beneficial relations among the fraternal parties and socialist countries on the basis of Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism.
The CPCz CC Presidium expressed its appreciation to communists and all Czechoslovak citizens who in the past tempestuous days have shown full confidence in the policy of the CPCz and the Czechoslovak government and who, through their political good sense and increased work performance, have expressed their true socialist patriotism.
The CPCz CC Presidium expects workers in the press, radio, and television to continue working for the national and international interests of the Czechoslovak people and the state when reporting and commenting on events, especially in foreign policy, and to do so in the spirit of the policy of the CPCz and government.
The CPCz CC Presidium also reviewed preparations for the Extraordinary 14th Party Congress and, on the basis of remarks and proposals submitted by the CPCz CC political commission for the preparation of the congress, discussed the draft statutes of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. The draft will be published in Rudé právo, Pravda, and Új Szó on Saturday, 10 August, so that all members of the party will be informed and able to express their opinions. The draft statutes will be on the agenda of party bodies and organisations. Delegates to the congress must give special attention and consideration to the draft.