OPINION

FEBRUARY 2, 1952

THREAT TO DISSOLVE EDA: The administrative committee of the United Democratic Left (EDA) yesterday made repeated protests to Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras and the interior minister, Mr Rendis, to avert a plan by the government to dissolve the party. The protests were made by EDA’s president, Yiannis Passalidis, who protested to Messrs Plastiras and Rendis over the closure of the newspaper Dimokratiki and the exile of former left-wing deputies (Ed. note: whose election to Parliament on September 9, 1951 had been canceled by the electoral committee) and the government’s obvious intention to dissolve EDA, making it illegal. Mr Passalidis emphasized that EDA, as a political party, had since its foundation exercised an autonomous policy, separate from that of communists whether inside or outside Greece. He asked for an opportunity for EDA’s administrative committee to refute the charges against it. The prime minister replied that the entire question of EDA was being handled by the interior and justice ministers, who would make recommendations to the Cabinet. PRISTINA – A Serb has been elected deputy mayor of Pristina, the capital of the Albanian-dominated Serb province of Kosovo, UN officials said yesterday. «Zorica Velic was elected deputy president of the municipal assembly on Thursday,» Sunil Narula, a spokesman for the UN mission in Kosovo told AFP. Velic is the first ethnic Serb to be elected to the Pristina local government since Kosovo came under UN administration in June 1999. (AFP)