Bled Agreement 1947

As the Cold War matured and the global political climate became increasingly and apparently polarized, Stalin founded the “Cominform” (Information Office of the Communist and Workers` Parties), a coherent umbrella organization that replaced the Comintern (which ceased under the severe pressure of World War II in 1943). During the constituent assembly of the comine in late September/early October 1947, Moscow officials informed the delegates of their worldview and expressed their position: the world, composed of the two opposing and contradictory forces: imperialist and socialist.5 Belgrade was chosen as the seat of the newly created Cominform organization, capital of a country that had hitherto proved to be the promoter and the most consequent opposite of Stalin`s socialist model. Finally, the Yugoslav ideologues in the government wanted, theoretically and in practice, to join the Soviet path to communism by adapting to the form of the USSR to develop their own policy and by being faithful to what Tito called “the land of socialism”. As such, the Yugoslavs became sure of their role in the international struggle of the working class and perhaps saw themselves as the leading unit of the Balkan Peninsula with the vision of uniting a pan-communist union of nations that would encompass Albania and even Greece. During the Greek Civil War of 1946-1949, Stalin renounced support for the Greek Communists and defended his end of the “percentage agreement” by remaining neutral in the conflict between Communist forces and British partisans in the Greek parliament. However, the Yugoslavs wholeheartedly helped their Greek comrades, even contributing to the Greek Communist Party`s efforts to take control of the Greek government after World War II. During the Greek Civil War, the Yugoslavs (without Soviet agreement and often openly against Moscow`s direct orders to stop such actions) helped the Greek communist guerrillas with logistics, guerrilla training, etc. .