GREECE AND NATO: The absence of Greek officers from NATO headquarters in Izmir is responsible for a serious weakness in the Atlantic alliance’s eastern flank, according to the new head of NATO’s southeastern command (CINCSOUTH), Admiral Charles R. Brown, who stated this on his departure from Athens Airport yesterday. «I realize,» he added, «that Greek-Turkish relations have recently improved and that is of great interest, given that the lack of cohesion between allies in this region is one of the weaknesses of the North Atlantic alliance.» Referring to the likelihood of a Greek military team returning to Izmir, Admiral Brown said that during his talks in Athens with Greek officials, he had expressed the hope that this would soon occur. This view, he said, had been looked upon with favor by Greek authorities. SOFIA AND IRENE: Princesses Sofia and Irene, accompanied by their ladies-in-waiting, attended a performance of George Bernard Shaw’s «Pygmalion» this week. NITRATE FACTORY: An application for the construction of a nitrate factory in Ptolemaida, northern Greece, has been approved, with an annual capacity of 300,000 tons.