DECEMBER 8, 1951

AGAINST BRITAIN AND FRANCE: Neither the British nor the French have shown any regret or bitterness over the stance taken by these two Western powers in voting against Greece’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council (voting instead for Byelorussia). At the beginning of yesterday’s session of Parliament, Mr Panayiotis Kanellopoulos told a silent hall (…): «This event has deeply wounded the nation’s soul (…). Our country, dear colleagues, is being attacked by both its enemies and its friends, at least by some of its friends. This has always been its fate (…). The world of free states, the democratic world, is not expressing the necessary solidarity, at this critical point in world history, or the courage demanded by the circumstances. After each of the most recent rounds of voting (eight in total) which did not reach a conclusion, laughter was heard in the UN plenary hall. I wonder whether those people realized what their laughter signified. Is it possible that after so much bloodshed in this country, and while the blood of free soldiers, of Greek soldiers as well, continues to be shed in Korea (under UN auspices) that such an atmosphere be allowed to prevail in the United Nations?»

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