OPINION

February 13, 1953

ITALIAN PROTEST: Rome, 12 – The issue of Trieste was discussed once again today by the foreign affairs committee of the Italian Senate. Prime Minister Alcide de Gasperi reiterated that Italy wants to reach an agreement on the issue with Yugoslavia. (…) Mr de Gasperi emphasized that if Rome and Belgrade did not manage to reach agreement, the effectiveness of the Balkan treaty being prepared by Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia would be at risk. AMERICAN AID: Washington, 12 – It has been announced that the Common Security Organization has made available to Greece the sum of $25 million as an initial aid subsidy. In addition, $1.5 million has been made available to help Greece meet its payment to the European Union. NATIONAL THEATER: It was announced yesterday that Messrs E. Papanoutsos, I. Venezis, P. Haris and P. Manouilidis have sent a letter to the education minister, Mr Kallias, affirming that their resignations, which they had issued verbally to the National Theater’s council, were final and irrevocable. PLASTIRAS INDISPOSED: New York, 6 – The health of the former prime minister, Mr Nikolaos Plastiras, continues to be extremely poor, and he is effectively confined to his bed. Due to his illness, he has not been able to return to Greece.