March 17, 1956

KHRUSHCHEV DENOUNCES STALIN: London, 16 – The Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has denounced his late predecessor Joseph Stalin (who died three years ago). In a long speech at a closed meeting at the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, to which representatives of foreign communist parties were not invited, Khrushchev said things that had never before been said by even the harshest Western critics of the monolithic and bloodthirsty Red Empire. What had once been written about Nero, by those who lived under him in a state of continual fear, could have been used to describe the life of Stalin, according to what was said by Khrushchev. Tomorrow the international press will be filled with commentaries from various diplomatic sources. KARAMANLIS AND USA: The prime minister, Mr Constantine Karamanlis, yesterday received a delegation of 43 American journalists and made the following statement: «The Greek people expect the United States, which has undertaken the role of world leader, to intervene decisively in the Cyprus issue. (Ed. note: The British had just exiled Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus and his associates to the Seychelles.)