FEBRUARY 9, 1952

US INTERVENTION: The US Charge d’Affaires yesterday called on Deputy Prime Minister Sophocles Venizelos and reiterated the US government’s concern over the protracted upheaval in the military and emphasized the Greek government’s responsibility for the changes in the leadership of the armed forces. He also called on the interior minister, Mr Rendis, for a briefing on the communist espionage case and the possible existence of evidence against the United Democratic Left (EDA). COMMUNISTS’ TRIAL: The military investigation into the communist espionage ring has been completed. (…) Those responsible will be tried by a court martial (…) in the first 10 days of March. EDA PROTEST: The EDA deputies, Mr Pasalidis and Mr Mandakas, called on Mr Venizelos yesterday to protest against the government’s continued persecution of former EDA deputies and the «democratic» press. Mr Venizelos reiterated that EDA should (…) renounce the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) (…) and then it would have nothing to fear. ANKARA – Turkey’s foreign minister said yesterday the country is considering selling water to Libya, a sign of improving ties between the two countries. Relations between Turkey and Libya were rocked in 1996 when Libyan leader Muammar al-Khadafy called – during a visit by the Turkish prime minister – for an independent Kurdish state for Turkey’s Kurds, and again in 1998, when Libyan officials took part in celebrations by a Kurdish rebel group that is outlawed in Turkey. Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who visited Libya last year to repair ties, said Turkish and Libyan officials were holding preliminary studies toward the possibility of shipping water to Libya. (AP)

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