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The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Spain

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589. At press conference today Asst Secy Armour was asked for comment on election results in Spain. He said that there was no evidence that there had been any press freedom or relaxation of press restrictions prior to referendum and that there had apparently been little opportunity for any public discussion among Span people on alternative forms of govt which they might prefer. He said that nothing which happened in Spain last Sunday would in any way change the position of this govt which of course had been made entirely clear in our relations with the regime in Spain.