May 12, 1955

GREECE-USA: Paris, 10 – A meeting between Greek Foreign Minister Stephanos Stephanopoulos and his US counterpart John Foster Dulles took place at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris this afternoon. The meeting, which lasted for three quarters of an hour, focused on the problems with the Greek economy following the latest earthquakes and the destruction they caused. Also on the agenda was the Cyprus issue. Mr Stephanopoulos underlined the importance the Cyprus issue has for the Greek public and for the Papagos government, which cannot but raise the issue once more with the United Nations organization. Mr Dulles, although recognizing the validity of the Greek demand for the self-determination of Cyprus, let it be understood that he thought it was premature to forecast what the US’s position will be on this issue. GREECE-ARABS: Paris, 10 – The Greek representative to the NATO conference, Mr Exindaris, said at today’s session that Greece would be willing to participate in a defense treaty of nations in the Middle East if all Arab states were included.

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