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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 6. June 7, 1951

Cominform Origin

Cominform Origin

The Peace Campaign originated in 1947, when the Soviet Government publicly announced the establishment of the Communist Information Bureau. It is true that this body had representatives from other countries, but its attitude on such events as the Yugoslavia break showed the lack of any distinction between the policies of the Kremlin and the Cominform.

At the inaugural meeting the Soviet representative A. Zhdanov said:

"The Soviet Socialist State is profoundly alien to any aggressive exploiting motives and is interested in establishing the most favourable conditions for the accomplishment of a Communist society. External peace is one of such condition?. As the bearer of a new and [unclear: higher] social system, the Soviet Union in its foreign policy reflects the hopes of all progressive mankind which strives for a lasting peace and cannot be interested in a new war, which is a product of capitalism."

This Conference also issued a declaration which stated that the world was divided into two camps, one imperialistic and anti-democratic, and the other anti-imperialistic and democratic. The imperialists were aggressively wanting to unleash a war, but the people of the world did not want this, and could be rallied to prevent it.