June 14, 1957

GREECE AND THE WEST – POLAND AND USSR: New York, 10 – A senior US government source, commenting on remarks made by Senator William Knowland, said the US government rejects any proposal or plan that potentially weakens, either directly or indirectly, the strategic power and in general the defense of Greece. The senator had suggested accepting a proposal by Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev that Russian troops be withdrawn from Eastern Europe and American troops from Western Europe, beginning with Hungary and Norway, then Poland and Greece, creating a demilitarized zone between East and West. The same government source said that irrespective of the fact that Greece was a member of NATO, it was directly linked by private accords with the USA, particularly through the Truman doctrine and Marshall Plan, which guarantee the safety and independence of Greece. So only if Greece voluntarily gave up these privileges would it be able to receive different treatment than that given to other NATO members. CINEMA: According to the Cinema Press Agency, 30 Greek films were screened the past year, eight are due for release and another 11 are in production.

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