Strife in Spain
FANTASTIC NONS SE
Says Famous General
Other Points of View : English Critics are Helping Axis
THE SPANISH GENERAL, QUIEPO DE LLANO, HAS DESCRIBED THE RUMOURS ABOUT HIM IN THE PRESS AS " FANTASTIC AND A LOT OF NONSENSE."
"I want the world to know that General Franco and myself are working together closely," he said.
The rumours appear to have originated from measures of reorganisation, bringing the Spanish Army to a peace-time basis, according to a decree issued on Tuesday.
Differences of views about certain points between the Phalangists, whose special patron is Senor Suner, Minister of the Interior, and the Traditionalists, who comprise the more Conservative sections, the older Catholics and, it is said, the Army chiefs, have long been known.
Cardinal Segura is stated in a B.U.P. message to have deplored General Queipo de Llano's change of post.
These differences naturally affect Spain's policy in regard to the Axis, and her financial and administrative reorganisation, both of which have reached important points at the present time.
" I AM WORKING WITH FRANCO "
General Quiepo de Llano, the famous " Radio General " of the Nationalists, declared that the rumours about him in the foreign Press were " fantastic and a lot of nonsense " when he received me in Burgos to-day, stated N. R. Packard, British journalist in Burgos, on Tuesday.
" I have come to Burgos at the request of Generalissimo Franco to discuss with him an important post which I am to be given abroad," he said. " It is one of the most interesting posts of my life, and I am looking forward to it.
The World Must Know
"I want the world to know that General Franco and myself are working together closely. Whatever post he has for me I am ready to undertake to the hest of my ability." After this morning's conference with General Jordana, which lasted an hour and a half, it. was reported that General de Llano would be given an Ambassadorial post, possibly in South America. --B.U.P.
It was announced in Buenos Aires on Wednesday that General Quiepo • de Llano has been appointed Ambaseador to the Argentine.
Hard to Prove The Truth
From Our Diplomatic Correspondent The world has been startled by rumours of dissension among the Spanish leaders. That they should only be rumours is inevitable because it is practically impossible to obtain official or direct information about what is going on behind the scenes in Spain.
A highly-placed Spaniard who returned from Burgos to London on Tuesday knew nothing at all of the stories current in the Press.
Under such circumetances we do well to etend by what is official. It is official that a decree reorganising the Spanish Army on its peace-time basis was published in Burgos on Tuesday. The decree states that the army will consist of 24 divisions, and the normal peace-time strength will be from 250,000 to 300,000 mere
There is no reason whatever to suppose that the impending appointment a General Quiepo de Llano to a diplomatic post, according to the interview given by him to the B.U.P. correspondent, is the result of a crisis or dissension among factions in Spain.
On the other hand, it has long been known that the Fascising tendencies of Senor Serrano Suner, the Minister of the Interior and Franco's brother-in-law, have been.criticised by some of the Army leaders and the Traditionalist section, which consists of the Monarchists, the Requetes and perhaps also the older Catholics.
In This connection it is stated that Cardinal EJUTfI, Archbishop of Seville, has expressed hfs regret at General Quiepo de Llann's change of post.
How far the reorganisation of the Army and the re-orientation of Spanish foreign policy through Cabinet changes will prove to favour the pro-Axis policy of Suner or the more independent policy of the Traditionalists, which is said to be favoured by Franco himeelf. is still uncertain.
In Spanish quartets in eeondon it is suggested that Spain has everything to gain by maintaining a non-committal policy which may ultimately save Europe from war. The heavy price she has to pay for this, however, is long delay in the restoration of the country to peace-time prosperity.
In this connection Spain has suffered heavily at the hande of the Western countries through the holding-up or keeping Of capital belonging to her which she urgently needs. It is reported that the £8,000,000 of Spanish gold which, by the BerardJordana agreement, was to have been handed back to Spain long ago is now at last to be released, minus 20 per cent. kept to meet the cost of maintaining the Spanish refugees in France.
While it is stated that the fate of this money depends upon the French courts, the truth is that it depends and has depended only on the honouring by the French Government of the BerardJordana agreement. They have delayed doing this, apparently afraid lest the money be spent on anti-French rearmament.
Spain has just suffered another disappointment In the American courts over the 13,000,000 worth of silver which she claimed. This silver, the property of the Bank of Spain, was sold by the Republican Clovernment to the Federal Reserve Bank, who paid for it in cash to the Spanish Republican Ambassador In Washington. That payment, so far as Spain is concerned, disappeared with him. The Bank of Spain brought an action for its recovery, but the claim was dismissed in America by a summary judgment without trial. A large quantity of securities in London is also claimed by the Spanish State, but no decision has yet been reached in the courie in regard to this money.