October 1, 1957

GREECE-USSR: London, 28 – Moscow does not appear to have abandoned the idea of convening a Balkan conference. Today the newspaper Izvestia (the mouthpiece of the Soviet government), underlining the importance of the Romanian government’s proposal to call a Balkan conference, expresses its regret that «the governments in some Balkan countries do not appear willing to accept this useful initiative,» referring to Greece’s refusal and Turkey’s silence. «As for the reaction of the authorities in some Western states,» said the Russian newspaper, «if we judge from their newspapers, they want at all costs to fight the idea of collective regional cooperation between Balkan states. Western commentators, carefully avoiding any mention of the substance of the Romanian government’s proposals, are speculating about Moscow’s intentions and the undermining of the unity of Western forces. All these speculations,» it continued, «do not alter the fact that the idea of peaceful coexistence between states, irrespective of their social systems, is gaining ground more and more.»