December 12, 1959

FRANCE AND NATO: Paris, 11 – The United States’ chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Nathan F. Twining, has raised the question as to whether the Atlantic community can survive if its members do not abide by their commitments. During a confidential meeting of NATO military leaders, the general made it clear that the allegations were leveled at France and its president, General Charles De Gaulle, personally. The dispute between the US and France over the latter’s failure to fulfill its obligations is threatening to develop into more than a diplomatic incident. KARAMANLIS-EISENHOWER: Ahead of the arrival in Greece next Monday of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis has called on the Greek people to welcome their distinguished official guest. «The US president’s upcoming visit is an event of major importance,» he said in a statement to the nation. «It is the first time that the president of a major transatlantic power has visited our country. The visit is taking place at a crucial time for humanity and indicates the USA’s interest in our country and the importance it attributes to bilateral cooperation.»

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