March 19, 1959

COLD WAR: London, 14 – The Daily Mail reported today that the US Sixth Fleet had been put on alert to demonstrate that when US President Dwight D. Eisenhower talks about a firm stance, he matches his words with action. The newspaper said that since the freedom of West Berlin was at stake, the US would take other measures to make Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev understand that he could not guarantee a victory simply through propaganda. He had to be prepared to negotiate not on his terms, but in accordance with the terms of a united and determined West. YUGOSLAVIA-ALBANIA: Belgrade, 14 – The Yugoslav government has recalled its ambassador to Albania and delegated the management of its Tirana office to a junior staff member. Sources here believe that this constitutes a suspension of diplomatic relations with Albania, which Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito last week accused of warmongering against Yugoslavia. According to an official announcement from Yugoslavia, the ambassador was recalled and has been assigned other duties at the Foreign Ministry. No doubt this move signals a further escalation in tension between the two countries.

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