June 23, 1956

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU: Prime Minister of India Mr Jawaharlal Nehru arrived in Athens by air yesterday morning at 10.45 en route to London to take part in a conference of heads of government of the British Commonwealth. Mr Nehru was welcomed at the airport by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis, Foreign Minister Evangelos Averoff and the Indian ambassador in Athens. Messrs Nehru, Karamanlis and Averoff withdrew for a private meeting in the airport’s VIP lounge where they remained for three-quarters of an hour. Their talks focused on the international situation and in particular the Cyprus issue. When asked later to comment on their talks, Mr Karamanlis said that there had been an exchange of views on the international situation. Furthermore, the Indian prime minister expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to communicate with the Greek government. CYPRUS: Nicosia, 18 – The search by some 5,000 British soldiers for the leader of the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA), General Georgios Grivas-Digenis, in dense forests on Mount Troodos resulted in a huge fire in which at least 19 British soldiers died.

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