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Београдска дунавска конференција 1948. године
Belgrade Danube Conference 1948

Author(s): Milan Gulić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Danube; Danube Conference; Danube Navigation Convention; Yugoslavia; Soviet Union; Cominform (Informbiro); navigation; Aleš Bebler; Andrei Januarievich Vishinsky

Summary/Abstract: The complex Danube river issue was opened in its full extent after the end of World War II. The old International Danube River Commission no longer existed, and the Consultative Commission for Danube which represented the German breakthrough into the Danube Basin ceased to exist after the collapse of German domination. The task of the Belgrade Conference of 1948 was to finally work out new international navigation regulations for this European traffic artery of prime importance. However the issue of the Danube became an issue of East - West relations, relations between two block of countries headed by the USA and the USSR as well as an issue of relations within the Soviet block since it was held only a month after the Resolution of Cominform (Information Bureau) Concerning the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. This conference was the first international conference organized by the new Yugoslav state and at the same time the last occasion where Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union appeared together on the international scene. Due to these circumstances this conference was much more than an international meeting on the regulation of navigation on one river. However, by passing the Convention on the Regime of Navigation on the Danube, proclaiming principles on freedom of navigation and especially the principle Danube - to the Danubian Peoples, this conference was a turning point in the solution of the Danube issue. Its significance can best be seen in the fact that it is still in effect today 60 years later.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 173-202
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Serbian