May 18, 1952

CYPRUS ISSUE AND USA: (From a commentary in Kathimerini) – Well-meaning people, or perhaps those who are superficially naive, are tending to present the move to unite Cyprus with Greece as a threat to the organization of defense plans for the Mediterranean, even to relations between the US and Great Britain. A section of the French press characterizes Cyprus as a «considerable factor in the Anglo-American dispute» and certain British newspapers are speaking of indications that «the American influence regarding the Cypriot action is against the interests of Britain.» All of these claims are of course completely imaginary. However, it is monstrous to imply, for example, that the demonstration a few days ago during a visit to Athens by Field Marshal Montgomery was due to indirect American prompting. It is such a blatant inaccuracy that perhaps it is not worth even denying (…). FOOD MARKETS: During the past week, the food markets in Athens and suburbs were filled with plentiful supplies of basic foodstuffs of various kinds. There were adequate quantities of lamb, beef and veal, as well as rough beef cuts, and satisfactory supplies of poultry and fresh fish, along with a wide variety of cheeses and butter of all categories, both domestic varieties and those from Europe.

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