August 22, 1955

PRELUDE TO VANDALISM: Istanbul, 20 (From our correspondent Athanasios Sembos). As the Greek population of Cyprus embarks on a difficult struggle for its freedom, the Turks are doing their best to help the oppressor continue its occupation of the Greek island. This effort has been expressed more openly over the past few days in view of an imminent tripartite conference in London. Pro-government newspapers have been publishing reports of persecution of the Turkish population in Thrace by Greeks, repeating the adage: «Cyprus is Turkish!» It is clear that an attempt is being made to prepare Turkish public opinion for stronger outbursts to support the British attempt to maintain the current status quo on the island. NUCLEAR RESEARCH: One of Kathimerini’s political correspondents, Ilias P. Dimitrakopoulos, had an interesting and very revealing interview with Vice-Admiral Athanassios Spanidis, deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and president of the Greek Atomic Energy Commission. Mr Spanidis said: «(…) With regard to the experimental nuclear research station, I am happy to say that very soon (Ed.note: With American help) we will have a nuclear reactor.»

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