Edvard Kardelj (27 January 1910 – 10 February 1979) was a Slovenian-Yugoslavian journalist, and one of the leading members of the Communist Party of Slovenia before World War II. During the war he was one of the leaders of the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People and a Slovene Partisan, and after the war a federal political leader in communist Yugoslavia. His offices included Deputy Prime Minister (1946-1963) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1948-1953).
Edvard Kardelj in The Hot War
Edvard Kardelj was Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia, a nation which had remained neutral in World War III. Yugoslavia was one of the few governments on Earth which had diplomatic relations with both the People's Republic of China and the United States of America. For this reason, the Chinese asked Kardelj to carry their request for a ceasefire to Philadelphia, the provisional American capital, in 1952.
President Harry Truman accepted the Chinese proposal of status quo ante bellum in Asia, provided that the Chinese would pressure North Korea to withdraw its forces north of the 38th Parallel. Kardelj had anticipated this condition and informed Truman that Chou En-Lai had already assured the Yugoslav government that this would be acceptable to the Chinese.
With peace terms concluded, Truman, Kardelj, and their translator drank a toast of Yugoslav slivovitz, which Kardelj insisted was superior to the Hungarian form that tasted like paint thinner. Kardelj also took the occasion to praise Marshal Tito's policy of equal-opportunity employment for all Yugoslav groups, in contrast to the Serbian tyranny of the Monarchists and the Croatian tyranny of the Ustaše.
- Armistice, pgs. 275-278, paperback; pgs. 277-280, loc. 4403-4463, ebook.
|New title||Deputy Prime Minister of Yugoslavia
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