OPINION

May 8, 1953

MARKEZINIS CALLS ON EISENHOWER: Washington – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave instructions today to Mr Dulles and Mr Stassen to take a personal interest in the resolution of issues regarding Greece, after a meeting that lasted 42 minutes between the president and the Greek minister for coordination, Mr Spyros Markezinis, and Ambassador Politis at the White House this morning. Part of the meeting was devoted to Mr Markezinis’s presentation of gifts from the Greek prime minister, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, and the city of Athens. (…) President Eisenhower repeatedly tried on the helmet presented to him, expressing his pleasure when Mr Markezinis told him it was an original, not a copy. ISLET NO. 3: Thessaloniki, 7 – According to a telegram from Orestiada, although Greek and Bulgarian officers were due to meet at 11 a.m. today at the 30th watchtower on the border between the two countries to discuss the incidents on islet No. 3, a Bulgarian messenger appeared just after 8 a.m. and handed over a letter from the Bulgarian authorities saying they were under absolutely no obligation to come to the meeting as islet No. 3, along with the other islets on the Evros River, belonged to Bulgaria. No movements by Bulgarians were observed on islet No. 3 today.