August 14, 1956

GREECE AND THE SUEZ CRISIS: The Greek government has refused an invitation from the three Western powers (Britain, the USA, France) to participate in a conference of 24 countries in London next Thursday (August 16). GREECE AND SUEZ: London, 13 – Greece’s decision not to accept Britain’s invitation to participate in a conference on the Suez has been described by semi-official sources here as «unexpected»… Meanwhile, according to sources in Washington, the US State Department fully understands Greece’s stance and expected this reaction following the intransigence displayed by Britain regarding the the Cyprus issue. PAPANDREOU: Late yesterday the leader of the Liberals, Mr George Papandreou, made a lengthy statement criticizing the Karamanlis government for rejecting the British invitation to the Suez conference… Mr Papandreou said that while it was not possible to have the Cyprus issue included on the conference agenda, no one could have prevented the Greeks from raising the banner of freedom. PANAYIOTIS KANELLOPOULOS: MP Mr Panayiotis Kanellopoulos said the government’s decision not to attend the conference was unfortunate.

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