June 19, 1957

CYPRUS AND SPAAK: New York, 15 – The New York Times today reported accusations by Cypriot Archbishop Makarios and the Greek government that the British were torturing Cypriot nationals. According to reports from Washington, NATO Secretary-General Paul-Henri Spaak, discouraged by contacts with Britain and Greece, is to surrender his mandate to mediate on the issue. It is now considered certain that the Greek government and African and Asian states will try to raise the issue for debate at the UN, along with the Algerian crisis, during the next General Assembly. That has given rise to concern in the US government, which once again will be faced with the dilemma of displeasing two of its strongest allies, that is whether to vote on the side of Greece and Algeria, or to ignore the voices of the oppressed. EPIDAURUS: 15 – The Festival of Epidaurus opened this evening before a crowd of over 6,000 who watched a performance of Euripides’ «Iphigenia in Aulis.» ITALIAN FISHERMEN: Corfu, 8 – A total of 23 Italian fishermen caught illegally fishing for lobster, were acquitted today by a local court which took into consideration the dire poverty of all the accused.

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