JANUARY 28-31, 1952

RELEASE OF EXILES: The passenger ferry Ionian brought 118 more inmates yesterday morning from (the penal settlement on the island of) Aghios Efstratios who have been granted «leave» by (Interior Minister) Mr Rendis. FOOD SHORTAGE: Over the past week, there was a serious shortage of fresh fish in the food markets of Athens, Piraeus and the suburbs. Fish was being sold secretly at exorbitant prices. Potatoes are still being sold at about 2,500-3,500 drachmas, according to quality and place of origin. There are also shortages of rice and pasta. GREEK CHILDREN: Paris, 22 (From S. Theodorou) – The permanent Repatriation Commission on Greek Children in Cominform Countries met again today in a special meeting in the presence of the Czechoslovakian representative, who reiterated well-worn arguments to justify his government’s refusal to return to Greece the Greek children being held in Czechoslovakia. The Czech delegate even refused to hand over the 138 children whom his government had previously decided to return to Greece, claiming there was no proof they were being sought by their parents or legal guardians. BERLIN – NATO’s peacekeeping mission in FYROM will be prolonged to allow a truce between government forces and the ethnic Albanian National Liberation Army (NLA) to be consolidated, the force’s German commander announced yesterday. In an interview published in the paper of the German army in the former Yugoslavia, General Heinz-Georg Keerl said that a new NATO mission would amount to a prolongation of the current NATO-led operation, Amber Fox. (AFP)

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