September 25, 1954

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: New York, 24 – The battle to have the Cyprus issue included (on the agenda) could be said to have reached a peak today. Great Britain made an indirect attempt to torpedo the decision made yesterday by the 15-member committee, in the form of a postponement. Naturally it did not believe it would win the issue, but that it would gain enough time to spread propaganda among the vacillating members. This failed, although its efforts were almost successful, as it lost by one vote that was cast in favor of justice, in favor of Greece and Cyprus. The UN General Assembly agreed by 30 votes to 19 to include the Greek representative on the Cyprus issue. The dramatic speech by the British representative, Mr John Selwyn Lloyd, with its supposedly nostalgic references to Greek-British friendship, was defeated by the arguments of the Greek foreign minister, Mr Stefanos Stefanopoulos. GEORGIOS VENTIRIS: Zurich, 24 – This evening Mr Georgios Ventiris, former director of the palace general secretariat, died in Lausanne where he was undergoing treatment for an illness.

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