OPINION

March 13, 1953

GREEK PRISONERS: New York, 12 – The UN’s Political Committee this morning concluded its examination of Greece’s demarche against countries of Central Europe that have been detaining Greek soldiers since the end of the war against the outlaws. The committee voted by 54 votes to five (cast by the Soviet bloc) and one abstention (India) in favor of a proposal to ask the president of the General Assembly to contact the governments of these countries to remind them of the recommendations approved in 1950 by the General Assembly (…). The representatives of Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia said that the people in question were political refugees, but the Greek representative produced letters sent by the soldiers to their families showing that they wished to return to their homeland. IN THE KING’S PLACE: Stuttgart, 12 – A secretary of King Pavlos of the Hellenes was mistakenly received here with royal honors. The incident occurred because a police officer telephoned the Stuttgart headquarters to tell them that King Pavlos would be staying overnight in the city because his car had broken down. In fact, it was the king’s secretary who had the problem with his car while en route to Salem on Lake Constance, where King Pavlos had already arrived. The mistake was discovered when the secretary called His Majesty from Stuttgart.