OPINION

January 29, 1953

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN – BALKANS: The meeting yesterday (January 27) between the prime minister, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, and the foreign minister, Mr Stefanos Stefanopoulos, with Turkish Foreign Minister Fuat Kioprolu and other Turkish diplomats, was held in a spirit of optimism that the final obstacles to the signing of a tripartite treaty between Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia would be overcome. (…) Meanwhile, British Admiral Lord Mountbatten unexpectedly arrived in Athens yesterday afternoon. Mountbatten is chief of the NATO member states’ naval forces in the Mediterranean. His unscheduled visit caused a stir among local diplomats, particularly the Americans. (…) The presence of Mountbatten at the same time as the American admiral (Carney), and other military dignitaries from NATO (…) gives special significance to the talks on organizing the defense of the Mediterranean and Balkan region, but with the participation of Yugoslavia. MOUZENIDIS – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Rehearsals have begun at the Cybele Theater of special performances for children to be held at Easter, organized by Mr Takis Mouzenidis. Leading roles will be played by Elli Lambeti, Giorgos Pappas and Dimitris Horn. VASSILIS EPHRAIMIDIS: In our recent report on the 50th anniversary of the United Democratic Left (EDA), we neglected to mention the name of Vassilis Ephraimidis who was editor-in-chief of the newspaper Avghi.