October 24, 1954

AMERICANS AND THE CYPRUS ISSUE: (From an editorial in Kathimerini): «The fate of the Cyprus issue, according to latest press reports, will be decided by the stance of the United States at the United Nations General Assembly. During initial discussions by the UN Political Committee, this stance has been one of neutrality, the source of some bitterness for us. (…). We must make it clear to the Americans that we would prefer a clear negative vote to an evasion. At least then we would know what value we should place on American friendship, the ideals of American democracy and the people to whom Greece has handed over its bases to form links in the chain of the Atlantic defense alliance. (…) In the Cyprus issue and Greece’s recourse (to the UN), the reputation of the Western Community is at stake. For this community is at risk of appearing simply a facade for outright imperialism.» PAPAGOS-DULLES: Paris, 23 – Greece’s prime minister, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, has had a lengthy meeting with US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who said the US would never cease to take great interest in its faithful ally Greece. (…) PM Papagos thanked Mr Dulles for additional American military aid to Greece.