FEBRUARY 17-18, 1952

GREECE IN NATO: The US charge d’affaires in Athens, acting on behalf of the 12 NATO member states, yesterday officially invited Greece to become a full member of the Atlantic organization. At a special ceremony in the office of the prime minister, in the presence of senior diplomatic staff, Greek and foreign journalists, the US official handed over to Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras and Deputy Prime Minister Sophocles Venizelos the text of the Atlantic Council’s decision to admit Greece (…). Mr Plastiras then made the following statement: «I feel particular pleasure and pride both as a Greek and as prime minister (…). It is my dearest wish that Greece’s entry into the Atlantic Treaty Organization will bring about peace. However, even if the opposite occurs, Greece will make whatever sacrifices are demanded of it for the good of the whole (…). I greet the great American people and, in the person of General Hart, the US military which has undertaken to help the free peoples of the world.» ABOLITION OF CENSORSHIP: At a meeting of the board of the playwrights’ union, chaired by the prime minister and with the participation of the undersecretary, Mr Iosif, a decision was taken to abolish the censorship of theater plays.

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