September 21, 1956

RHODOPOULOS-HURDES: Vienna, 20 – Greece’s parliamentary speaker, Mr Constantine Rhodopoulos, had separate meetings here today with the head of the Austrian National Council, Mr Felix Hurdes, and Foreign Minister Leopold Figl. Mr Figl had assured Cypriot envoy, Mr Loizidis, that Austria would respect the principles of the UN Charter during the UN debate on the Cyprus issue. Mr Rhodopoulos told the press that as long as the Cyprus issue was still unresolved, there could be no peace in the Mediterranean basin. KARAMANLIS: New York, 21 – All newspapers have published the story today that Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis and his Cabinet ministers did not attend the performance of the American Ballet (at the Kotopouli Theater), under the aegis of the American Embassy, due to the hanging of three Cypriots – Stelios Mavromatis, Andreas Panagidis and Michail Koutsoftis. Their absence provoked comment within diplomatic circles, which expressed fears that relations between Greece and Britain had taken a turn for the worse. Also in the press were reports from Nicosia to the effect that the condemned men had declared that they were proud to die for their country.