OPINION

July 28-30, 1953

KKE AGAINST PLOUMBIDIS: The outlaws’ radio station yesterday (July 27) broadcast a statement by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) characterizing Nikolaos Ploumbidis, currently on trial for communist activities, as an «agent provocateur who betrayed comrade (Nikos) Beloyiannis to the security police and cooked up new provocations against the Communist Party of Greece.» In the announcement, the KKE called the trial a «clumsy fabrication to divert the attention of the people and to justify the fascist dictatorship being planned, as well as risky adventures in the Balkans. (…)» ATHENS-MOSCOW BUSINESS: It has been announced that the Soviet Union’s new ambassador to Greece, Mr Sergeyev, will arrive in Athens within August. Meanwhile the Russian Embassy’s new commercial attaché, Mr Vassilis Pritworov, has arrived to replace his predecessor Mr Krunzitev. The new attaché will sign the text of the trade treaty between Greece and the Soviet Union. TRUCE IN KOREA: London, 27 – According to a broadcast today from Pyongyang radio, the prime minister of North Korea, Field Marshal Kim Il Sung, signed the official documents marking the truce at 10 p.m. local time. 137 FALLEN: London, 27 – In the Korean War, 137 Greeks were killed and 360 injured.