OPINION

January 24, 1953

TRIPARTITE ACCORD: London, 23 – According to telegrams arriving from Belgrade, it is now considered certain that the way is open, after talks between the Turkish foreign minister and Field Marshal Tito, for an official agreement on a defense alliance between Greece, Yugoslavia and Turkey, which in a way will form a new, small «Balkan accord.» Tomorrow, at the conclusion of the Turkish foreign minister’s talks in Belgrade, an official statement is expected to be made as to when and how this treaty will be drawn up, although the main outline has already been agreed in principle. KKE-PLASTIRAS: Yesterday, the outlaws’ radio station broadcast a lengthy statement by the Communist Party (KKE) and the Farmers’ Party (…) which concluded as follows: «The KKE and the Farmers Party of Greece state once more, without any consideration for partisan concerns, that they will continue their efforts to act in unity with the followers and the senior cadres of the party of (former Prime Minister) Nikolaos Plastiras on a specific, minimum patriotic people’s action plan, even with Plastiras himself, providing he renounces American hegemony and servitude to the US. They call on those of Plastiras’s cadres, who realized the catastrophic course their leader chose, to fight for the creation of a democratic, patriotic front (…).» ATHENS BELOW ZERO: According to the weather bureau, the temperature in Athens dropped to one degree below zero yesterday.