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50 Years Ago Today

COFFEE: An announcement from the Commerce Ministry stated that the uproar over the shortage of coffee is inexplicable, given (…) that the decision to import 5,000 tons for the year 1951-1952 is a far greater quantity than in recent years. It added that despite the expected complaints over imports of this kind which, some claim, are more expensive and lacking in calories and nutritional value, the relevant authority succeeded in obtaining approval to import the above quantity of 5,000 tons. Despite the above announcement, based on the recent decision by the distribution service, only 15 drams (40 grams) of ground coffee will be issued per person in Athens and only upon production of coupon No. 4, between October 1-20. PAUL-PAPAGOS CORRESPONDENCE: King Paul wrote to Greek Rally party leader Alexandros once more asking to him to cooperate with the leaders of the two other parties [Ed. note: Nikolaos Plastiras of the EPEK party and Sophocles Venizelos of the Liberals] to form a national government under his own leadership. (…) The field marshal’s reply to the letter said: Your Majesty’s fears that the recent elections showed a weakening of the Greek people’s domestic unity are nothing compared to what would be the consequences if I were to join in the formation of a tripartite government. (…) The repeated violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets over the last three days underscore that Huseyin Kivrikoglou’s remarks were not verbal exaggeration. They clearly reflect Ankara’s political decision to exploit the current circumstances in order to extract something in return from the USA and exert pressure on Athens.