January 20, 1954

POLITICAL IMPRESSIONS: Paris (From our correspondent S. Theodorou) – Yesterday evening was the start of the Greek-French talks at Quai d’Orsay (the French Foreign Ministry). The Greek participants were Messrs Papagos, (Stefanos) Stefanopoulos, Sifnaios, Rafael and Koustas, while the French participants were Messrs (Joseph) Daniel (the prime minister), (Georges) Bideau, Latournel, Demerjery, Belen and Fousset. These first Greek-French talks were conducted in a most amicable atmosphere… It was made clear that the interventions of Marshal Papagos during the overview of the international situation made a deep impression on his interlocutors, who esteemed his military perception and experience. There was general agreement on all the international problems that were examined. ACTING PREMIER: The acting head of the government S. Markezinis communicated with Marshal Papagos this morning by telephone and was informed about the talks in Paris. ITALIAN REPARATIONS: Yesterday the passenger ship Agamemnon docked at Piraeus. It is the seventh and last vessel built in Italy as part of Italian war reparations.

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