July 9, 1955

PAPAGOS’S HEALTH: New York, 9 – The announcement that the prime minister of Greece, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, had fully recovered his health and that he has since then resumed his official duties was received with great satisfaction in both US and Greek circles. It also removed concerns which, over the past week, had been fueled by persistent rumors of a crisis within the government. The national radio’s political commentator, analyzing the general situation in Europe, said the end of the Italian governmental crisis was good news, as was the fact that Mr Papagos had once more taken up the reins of government. In both these friendly countries that occupy strategic positions in the Mediterranean, he said, their political stability is of major interest to the United States and to the West in general. Apparently the recent events increased the sense of satisfaction among government circles here, which had not taken the trouble to conceal their apprehension regarding the extended illness of Mr Papagos and the latent political crisis that it suggested.

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