September 21, 1955

PAPAGOS TO DULLES: 20 – It has been officially announced that the prime minister, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, replied yesterday to a message from US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. Although the content of the letter was not revealed, it was made known that it was in the same vein as the proclamation the prime minster made a few days ago to the Greek people. In particular, it refers to the fact that news of the Turkish violence against the Greek minority in Istanbul and Izmir had been suppressed and that there had been no mention of the responsibilities of the major powers in the handling of the Cyprus issue. Field Marshal Papagos also emphasized that Greece has always fulfilled its duties as an ally to the fullest extent. He declared that the Greek government had absolutely no intention of abandoning its efforts to assist the Cypriot people in their struggle to have their right to self-determination recognized. IN WASHINGTON: A Greek Embassy spokesman here expressed regret that Mr Foster Dulles had not condemned the atrocities committed by the Turks.

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