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From 50 Years Ago (29 July 2006)

From 50 Years Ago (29 July 2006)

Commonwealth Prime Ministers, the West towards greater economic co-operation among FROM 50 YEARS AGO German Chancellor, the French Premier and nations was widely endorsed. the Presidents of Yugoslavia and of Egypt are India, along with other Bandung countries, agreed that developments within Russia since welcomed the shift in emphasis in the foreign the death of Stalin call for a reappraisal of the policy of the Western Powers in the hope that world situation. As Bandung Powers, India America will in due time be convinced of the and Egypt have always endorsed the principle need for adjusting her foreign policy to the Vol VIII, No 30, July 28, 1956 of peaceful co-existence. Yugoslavia has long changing world situation. That hope has yet been a convert to the Bandung principles of to be fulfilled. But India, Egypt and Yugo-Towards Co-existence peace. Britain and many other Commonwealth slavia can take comfort that Britain, West countries now concede the need for a changed Germany and France are now converts to the Even as America

Commonwealth Prime Ministers, the West towards greater economic co-operation among

FROM 50 YEARS AGO

German Chancellor, the French Premier and nations was widely endorsed. the Presidents of Yugoslavia and of Egypt are India, along with other Bandung countries, agreed that developments within Russia since welcomed the shift in emphasis in the foreign the death of Stalin call for a reappraisal of the policy of the Western Powers in the hope that world situation. As Bandung Powers, India America will in due time be convinced of the and Egypt have always endorsed the principle need for adjusting her foreign policy to theVol VIII, No 30, July 28, 1956

of peaceful co-existence. Yugoslavia has long changing world situation. That hope has yet been a convert to the Bandung principles of to be fulfilled. But India, Egypt and Yugo-Towards Co-existence peace. Britain and many other Commonwealth slavia can take comfort that Britain, West countries now concede the need for a changed Germany and France are now converts to the

Even as America’s Secretary of State has attitude to the Communist bloc. America alone principle of peaceful co-existence. yet failed to make a reappraisal of the inter-persists in pursuing a policy which can only Much has happened in Russia since national situation because, presumably, the perpetuate the “cold war”. Stalin’s death to provoke a conciliatory attieffort is proving too agonising for him, he does From the moment the Heads of State reached tude to the Communist bloc. Rejection of the not yet seem to have realised that neutralism an understanding not to start an atomic war, personality cult in Russia and the gradual is an inappropriate definition of foreign poli-the policy of building positions of strength process of democratisation in Russia and in cies pursued by India, Egypt and Yugoslavia… became obsolete. Immediately, Russia reori-the neighbouring Communist States are events

Mr Dulles may still be suspicious of the ented her military policy. Among the West-which should facilitate an understanding morality of neutralism. But many of America’s ern Powers, the Socialist French Premier and between the Western Powers and the Comallies are now convinced that the Bandung his Foreign Minister were prompt in appre-munist bloc. But there has been a danger that countries and Yugoslavia are not neutralists ciating the need for military re-thinking. They the lack of response from the Western Powers so much as advocates of “peaceful and active were vocal in their criticism of the Western may hamper the encouraging developments co-existence”. One clear fact emerges from the Powers’ foreign policy. They were emphatic within the Communist bloc. Such fears have statements and communiqués issued by leaders in rejecting a foreign policy based exclusively been openly expressed by India and some of various countries in the last few weeks. on security. Their urgent appeal for efforts other peace-loving nations.

Economic and Political Weekly July 29, 2006

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