50 Years Ago Today

GREECE-YUGOSLAVIA: London, 31- According to reports from Belgrade, Field Marshal Tito gave a lengthy interview to 150 French, American, British, German, Italian, Austrian, Swedish and Yugoslav journalists this morning on the main problems of Yugoslavia’s foreign policy. For over three hours, the head of the Yugoslav government gave exhaustive replies to 31 questions. (…) On the subject of Greece, Tito said: Any threat to Yugoslavia is also a threat to Greece and vice versa. (…) We are trying to improve our relations with Greece and are doing everything possible to avert an attack in this part of the world. At the beginning of his interview Tito said that the Soviet satellite states bordering Yugoslavia now had 1 million men under arms, including police forces. Tito said this was a threat not only to Yugoslavia but to world peace. PLASTIRAS’S PLATFORM: Yesterday afternoon, a session of Parliament was presided over by Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras who read out his new government’s platform. Papandreou is trying to act as a bridge between Washington and Tehran. This is not an easy endeavor. Should he manage, however, he could upgrade Greece’s role and gain geo-strategic benefits.

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