OPINION

March 22, 1954

ADMIRAL CARNEY: Kathimerini’s associate in Washington, Mr Ilias P. Dimitrakopoulos, has sent us by air mail the following interview he had with the US Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Robert Carney. The interview is revealing with regard to a number of current defense problems that are of immediate interest to Greece. Admiral Carney’s replies to questions include the following: «When I was head of NATO’s Southern European Command I was of the conviction that the Greek navy did not have sufficient forces to support its land army and air force. As commander of NATO’s military forces in Southern Europe, I realized that the Greek navy would not be able to ensure transport, supplies and support from the sea for the Greek armed forces. Although I am no longer in charge of NATO’s Southern European command, I am still of the same opinion today.» GREEK DEFENSE EXPENDITURE: (From an editorial in Kathimerini): «(…) In asking for a reduction in the military burden upon its people, Greece firmly believes that its defense, one way or another, will be a matter of urgency for its friends and allies.»