January 17, 1959

CYPRUS: A new phase in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem will begin today with the departure of Foreign Minister Evangelos Averoff for Paris, since, during the previous diplomatic negotiations, Turkey had staked a claim to have military bases on the island to avert any likelihood of union with Greece. That means that for Turkey it is not enough to have guarantees from NATO and the United Nations that Cyprus will remain independent. The demand resulted in a strong response from Greece. It appears that the efforts to be made during the Paris talks do not have much chance of success. ONLY 450 EXECUTIONS: Havana, 17 – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro told a rally of hundreds of workers who had amassed outside the presidential palace that no more than 450 would be executed. So far, 203 people have been executed in Cuba. The country’s counterespionage organization has announced that 200 adherents of the old regime are organizing a force of 10,000 men in the Dominican Republic. In Washington, senators and congressmen are continuing to make allegations against Castro and one congressman asked for a UN delegation to be sent to Cuba to examine the conditions under which members of the old regime should be judged.

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