OPINION

JANUARY 2, 1952

NEW CONSTITUTION: Following today’s New Year liturgy at Athens Cathedral, Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras is to lead Cabinet members to the palace for the official signing of the new constitution in the presence of the king (Pavlos), who will also sign it and order it published in today’s Government Gazette. The new constitution comes into effect today. PEURIFOY’S GOOD WISHES: US Ambassador John Peurifoy sent the following goodwill message to Prime Minister Plastiras: «Your Excellency, on the occasion of the New Year dawning in your country, a vanguard of freedom, my country gives its full support for Greece’s resolution that 1952 be a year of unfailing efforts to provide all people with a better life, free of the threat of war and other pressures. I send you my warmest wishes.» EMIGRATION: Labor Minister Grigoris Kasimatis has announced that it was decided at the international conference on migration to increase the number of Greek emigrants from 4,000 to 10,000 per year. Mr Kasimatis said that there was a surplus work force of 30,000 people in Greece. Moreover, it is estimated that another 45,000 Greeks have arrived as refugees from other countries and another 160,000 people were victims of the communist outlaws. Holding up the euro notes triumphantly, Simitis noted that Greece now had one of the world’s strongest currencies.