YUGOSLAV GOVERNMENT "IGNORED" ITS OWN SECURITY PROPOSAL TO COMBAT "TERRORISM"
by Sasha Uzunov
In more twists and turns than a John Le Carre Cold War espionage novel and what would drive conspiracy theorists into an orgasmic delight including Aussie Hollywood star Mel Gibson, the Yugoslav Communist government in the early 1970s did not follow through on its own security proposal to combat "Croatian terrorism" on Australian soil, despite Australia agreeing to the proposal.
The proposal dating back to the late 1960s and repeated in early 1970s included the sending of a Yugoslav intelligence (UDBa) officer to Australia to exchange information on "Croatian terrorists" with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Commonwealth Police Force (the forerunner of the Australian Federal Police).
But incredulously the Yugoslav government could not find a suitable UDBa officer with English language skills !
Long forgotten documents that reveal the Yugoslav plan are now available at the National Archives of Australia, and were assembled by the Attorney General's Department led by Lionel Murphy in the lead up to Australia's Prime Minister Gough Whitlam visit to Yugoslavia in 1974.
In light of the attacks on Yugoslav diplomatic missions and businesses on Australian soil, the 1971 assassination of Vladimir Rolovic, the Yugoslav Ambassador to Sweden by Croat extremists, the failed 1972 Croat incursion-inspired rebellion into Yugoslavia, Belgrade's inability to find an intelligence officer who spoke English comes as something too hard to comprehend.
The Yugoslav government had complained long and hard and loudly to western governments to combat "international Croatian terrorism." Many experts such as Dr John Schindler agree that UDBa rivalled the American CIA and the Soviet KGB in ruthless efficiency.
Was this simply bureaucratic incompetence, laziness or something more sinister? This revelation raises more questions than answers.
According to a 1976 ASIO report, an Australian government interpreter/translator overheard Yugoslav Consul General in Melbourne Georgi Trajkovski boasting to a visiting Yugoslav Parliamentary delegation:
“that none of the Croatian or anti-Yugoslav clubs or societies in Australia posed a serious threat to the security of Yugoslavia....the Consulate had successfully either infiltrated, undermined or obtained control of every society that had in the past been a threat.”
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