December 10, 1954

STICKING TO PRINCIPLES: (Front-page commentary in Kathimerini): «The president of the United States, Mr Dwight David Eisenhower, thought it necessary during the ceremony in which the new Greek ambassador (Mr Georgios Melas) presented his credentials, to remind him that the principles of freedom and democracy were a basic component in the faith of the American people. He also took the opportunity to express his admiration for the Greeks’ struggle to preserve their freedom. The Greek people are particularly touched by this reminder which is most timely, since the Cyprus issue, due to be discussed (at the United Nations in New York City) in a few days’ time, is above all an issue of freedom and democracy and it is natural that we should expect that President Eisenhower’s statements will be repeated within the United Nations. PAPAGOS’S ILLNESS: Due to the continuation of his slight indisposition yesterday, Prime Minister Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos remained at home and was unable to attend yesterday’s session of Parliament.