December 4, 1959

ILIOU-KHRUSHCHEV: Parliament yesterday debated a statement made in Budapest by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev justifying the December 1944 communist uprising in Athens… Foreign Minister Evangelos Averoff rebuffed an attempt by Ilias Iliou of the United Democratic Left (EDA) to downplay the importance of Khrushchev’s statement. Iliou criticized the government for hastening to make statements before receiving the full text of Khrushchev’s statement. He observed that the issue had been raised for debate with the devious excuse that there was an ongoing mutiny, since the legislators had not officially declared it over. He said that it was ridiculous to believe in any potential mutiny at this time. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR: A memorial service is to be held this week at the Makriyianni military camp where in 1944 some of the most dramatic phases of the struggle against communism were waged. The service is to commemorate the lives of the officers and men of the security forces who fell in action there. The service will be attended by King Pavlos, Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis, cabinet members and representatives of the armed forces.

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