The Prague Spring 1968: A National Security Archive Documents Reader

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DOCUMENT No. 74: Statement by the CPCz CC Presidium
after the Talks at Čierna and Bratislava, August 6,1968

Source: "Předsednictvo ÚV KSČ o výsledcích rozhovorü v Čierné a Bratislavě," Rudé právo
(Prague), August 8, 1968, p. 1.

This brief statement, adopted by the CPCz CC Presidium at its regular meeting on August 6, conveys
the optimism that most Czechoslovak officials and citizens felt in the immediate aftermath of the Čierna
and Bratislava meetings. The presidium strongly endorsed the results of both sets of talks, and expressed
gratitude to the citizenry of Czechoslovakia for displaying "political good sense" and "true socialist
patriotism," and for maintaining "full confidence in the CPCz's policy." Although the statement includes
a mild warning to the mass media in Czechoslovakia to refrain from provocative "reporting and
commentary on events, especially in foreign policy," it offers no indication that the CPCz leadership
intends to abide by Moscow's demand for the reimposition of censorship.

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 had 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 Čierna 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 had 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 organizations. Delegates to the congress must give special attention and consideration to the draft.

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