March 27, 1954

BRITAIN AND CYPRUS: London, 26 – British newspapers and weekly reviews are still full of articles on the Cyprus issue. On the whole, the articles indicate a willingness on the part of the government to undertake an initiative for the commencement of bilateral talks between Britain and Greece with a view to a settlement, despite statements to the contrary by (Foreign Minister) Mr Anthony Eden. The Economist magazine writes: «British-Greek friendship is a tradition in Europe. Moreover, Britain and Greece are close friends with Turkey. Are relations between these three Atlantic allies to be interrupted because of the angry Cypriots? This danger is real for all three countries, unless all or one of them adopt measures to avoid it.» DEMONSTRATIONS IN FAVOR OF ‘ENOSIS’: Patras, 26 -Spontaneous student demonstrations in favor of the union of Cyprus with Greece resulted in more than 50 injured, of which five seriously. Two of them are in critical condition. VAN FLEET: New York, 26 – General Van Fleet, hosting Greek Defense Minister Panayiotis Kanellopoulos to dinner, stated that Greece must be given Northern Epirus and Cyprus.

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