Secretariat Resolution. Soviet ambassador to pay a visit to chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland and “confidential contact” Kalevi Sorsa, congratulate him on his 50th birthday, and present him with a commemorative gift (8 pp.). [R 16 Dec 80, St 241-108]
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Workers of all Lands, Unite!
COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE
[Text along left-hand margin]
Return to the CPSU Central Committee
(General Department, sector 1) within [illegible] days of receipt
(Central Committee Resolution of 17 June 1976, St 12/4)
No St 241/108, 17 December 1980
Excerpt from item 108 of Minutes No. 241 of the Central Committee Secretariat
About measures linked to the 50th birthday of K. Sorsa, chairman
of the Finnish Social-Democratic Party
1. Confirm text of the telegram to the Soviet ambassador in Helsink (attached).
2. Central Committee Administrative Department to acquire a comemmorative gift to present to K. Sorsa.
SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
to Minutes No 241
Visit at a time of his convenience Sorsa, chairman of the SDPF and congratulate him on his 50th birthday on behalf of the Central Committee.
Wish Sorsa good health and successful activities in the cause of peace, relaxation [detente] and disarmament in the interests of further strengthening of mutual trust, good neighbourly relations and all-round cooperation between Finland and the Soviet Union and also of the relations he has personally established betwee the SDPF and the CPSU.
Present Sorsa with the commemorative gift that has been sent to you.
Telegraph to report on completion.
To the CPSU Central Committee
On measures relating to the 50th birthday of K. Sorsa,
chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland
On 21 December 1980 K. Sorsa, chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDPF), celebrates his 50th birthday.
In his party and governmental activities (as Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs) Sorsa has consistently maintained positions friendly to the USSR and the CPSU. He has promoted the development of Soviet-Finnish relations and fostered stable contacts between the SDPF and our Party. On the international scene, first and foremost in the Socialist International, Sorsa, in confidential cooperation with us, has been working for detente, for the limitation of the arms race and for disarmament.
In view of the above, and in consideration of Sorsa’s election at its last congress as one of the vice-chairmen of the Socialist International, where he will continue to coordinate the activities of this organization on issues of detente and disarmament, and bearing in mind his contacts with other political forces, we believe it expedient to instruct the Soviet ambassador in Finland to personally congratulate Sorsa on his 50th birthday, on behalf of the CPSU Central Committee, and to present him with a commemorative gift.
Draft CPSU Central Committee resolution attached.
Central Committee International Department
11 December 1980
[pages four and five repeat pages one and two; pages six to eight cover Zamyatin’s visit to Finland, see 12 December 1980*, St 241/54]