April 7-8, 1953

GREECE-TURKEY I: The commander of Greece’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lt. Gen. T. Kitrilakis, leaves today for Istanbul, accompanied by his deputy, Lt. Gen. T. Dovas. (…) The purpose of the visit by Greece’s top military leaders is to participate in map exercises under the supervision of US Admiral Carney. They will also take the opportunity to have talks on more general bilateral military issues, particularly the question of the defense of the border region of Thrace. GREECE-TURKEY II: Mytilene, 6 – The crew members of the Greek fishing boat Taxiarchis, who were arrested a few days ago by the Turkish authorities, were sentenced by a Turkish court to a month’s imprisonment. GREECE-TURKEY III: On Easter Sunday (April 5) the AEK football team gave their Greek fans an overwhelming 4-2 victory over the Turkish team Fener Bakce. The Athens team’s victory was due to the excellent performances by Emmanouilidis and Serapheidis and generally to the wonderful competitive spirit with which all the team’s players confronted their tough opponents. The goals were scored by Emmanouilidis and Patakas, two each. GREEK SHIPPING: The US State Department has officially announced its satisfaction with the fact that the Greek shipping industry has ceased all forms of communication with ports in communist countries following instructions from the government in Athens.