January 10, 1955

REGARDING AIR FORCE: The leader of the Liberals, Mr George Papandreou, in a comment on the prosecution of the Athens daily Eleftheria for its reports on the air force, said: «The government bears a major responsibility in its management of the air force leadership issue. It has restricted that responsibility to banning mention of the issue in the press, which is tantamount to imposing censorship and abolishing freedom of the press. Nothing remains but for Parliament to air the issue in public. And that duty will be carried out by the opposition.» ‘SINISTER FORCES’: The honorary leader of the liberals, M. Sophocles Venizelos, has made the following statement: «(…) The strange way in which the new air force chief, the distinguished officer Major General Doukas, was dismissed and the way the brigadiers below him were cast aside, gives credence to suspicions being voiced that sinister forces are determining the fate of the country’s armed forces.» CYPRIOT KNIGHTS: According to reports from Cyprus, the British government has awarded a knighthood to Pavlos Pavlidis of Limassol, member of the executive Council (the British-controlled government of Cyprus).

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