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WHAT THE NEW SPANISH MINISTERS STAND FOR

By a Diplomatic Correspondent

At a time when German diplomatic pressure has been renewed at both ends of the Mediterranean —upon Spain at one end and Turkey at the other—it is of interest to observe what sort of men have been given office by General Franco in the Cabinet changes resulting from the recent dismissal of Senor Soil& Foreign Minister

Spanish spoke,smen never tire of protesting that there is no change in Spain's foreign policy, that such a change will be impossible so long as German troops are ranged along the Pyrenees, that the Sutler affair is a ntatter of internal interest only.

Such diplomatic protestations are not necessarily conclusive ; but there is little evidence, so far as the new personnel is concerned, to disprove it.

General Jordana, on succeeding Senor eSuner in the Foreign Office, had a "long and cordial exchange of impressions " with Seaor Suner, according to the Spanish newspaper Arriba. The new Foreign Minister made his name in Morocco. Entering the Military Academy in 1892 he was posted to the Cuban Army in 1595, was wounded, and was sent to the Staff College in 1896. In 1900 he was posted Staff Captain attached to G.H.Q., and appointed lecturer in the Staff College. Fie went to Morocco in 1912. He was given the title of Conde de Jordana for his part in the military and political preparations for the Alhucemas landing in 1925. He presided over the Franco-Spanish Conference, held in Madrid in 1925, for the pacification of Morocco, and was the First Spanish plenipotentiary at the Paris Conference of 1926. In 1928 he became a Lieutenant-General, High Commissioner for Spain in Morocco, and head of the military forces there. Imprisoned under the Republic, he promptly declared for Franco in July, 1936, and was placed in charge of the eligh Tribunal of Military Justice. From 1936 to 1938 he was President of the Junta Tecnica; from 1938 to 1919 was VicePresident of the Government and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and in 1940 became President of the revived Council of State. He is the author of several books, including a volume called Studies in Strategy.

The other three newcomers are younger men.

Minister for War

General Asensio, born in 1898, likewise reached Cabinet rank through the Staff College and Morocco, where he became High Commissioner in 1939. In 1941 he was appointed Chief of Staff and a National Councillor of the Falange.

Minister of the Interior

D. Bias Perez Gonzalez is a lawyer, of the same age as General Aeensio. He became Professor of Spanish Civil Law and Dean of the Faculty at 13arcelona University in 1927. He was condemned to death by the Barcelona " cheka," but escaped to the Nationalist zone. He never took any interest in politics before the Civil War. He lately presided over the Commissions preparing for the Law of Rural Rents and the Law of Stock Companiee,

Vice-Secretary General of

the Party Senor Moga Figueroa is a still younger ma N (born in 1904), who entered the Navy in 1921. In 1936 he became Head of the Falange in Cadiz and in July of that year organised the transport of troops from Morocco. He is a National Councillor of the Falange and has held the post of Civil Governor in Cadiz and in Madrid-.

From the records of these four new Ministers it is clear that they are outstanding party men with no particular bent in foreign affairs; but it may none the less be the case, behind the scenes, that Sutler after all was dismissed for his too compromised pro-German views, views which, however, he was lately reported to have attempted to live down.




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