July 11, 1953

TRIPARTITE: Sessions of the first meeting since the Balkan Treaty was signed in Ankara by the foreign ministers of Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia were concluded yesterday evening in Athens. The ministers (Stephanopoulos, Kioprulu and Deputy Minister Begler) composed the final draft of the joint communique, to be released this afternoon simultaneously in Athens, Belgrade and Ankara. According to sources, the main points of the communique are that a permanent political organization will ensure continuous contacts between the three governments, giving guarantees of the independence of Albania, while every sincere gesture on the part of the Soviet Union will be accepted. GREECE-BULGARIA: The Third Army has issued the following statement: «Today (yesterday) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. there was a meeting at the Greek border post at Exohi of the joint Greek-Bulgarian committee aimed at restoring the boundary lines on the border. Agreement was reached and a relevant protocol signed, which will be submitted to the governments of Greece and Bulgaria for approval.» NEW PARTY: Members of the EPEK party who have resigned from its ranks yesterday announced the foundation of the Democratic Party. The first parliamentary deputies to join it, Messrs Grigoriou, Allamanis, Vasiardanis, Korakas and Riziotis submitted the declaration of the name of the new party, led by Mr Giorgos Kartalis, to the Supreme Court and the parliamentary speaker.

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