December 17, 1959

YUGOSLAVIA: London, 17 – Yugoslavia is to act as a mediator among countries of the eastern alliance (i.e. Communist bloc), which want to hold a Balkan conference, and Greece and Turkey which both have reservations. According to the Reuters correspondent in Belgrade, the Yugoslav proposal would refer to a parliamentary conference of all Balkan states, similar to the advisory conferences held in Strasbourg, France. BELGIAN CONGO: London, 17 – According to reports from Stanleyville, the police have used tear gas to break up a demonstration by Africans who welcomed King Baudouin of Belgium with cries of «Independence.» The demonstrators had mingled with a large crowd, mainly comprising Europeans, who had gathered to greet the Belgian monarch. Police had difficulty opening up a path for the king to pass but, after he had arrived at the colonial governor’s palace, the demonstrations continued at the airport and its surrounding area. CHRISTOFOROS NEZER: The premiere of the Royal Theater’s production of Moliere’s «Le Misanthrope» last night was attended by the royal family and government ministers. The main role was played by Christoforos Nezer, who was later awarded a medal by King Pavlos.

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