December 22, 1959

SPYROS MARKEZINIS: The leader of the Progressive Party, Spyros Markezinis, has had an article published in the American newspaper The Christian Science Monitor regarding the West’s hopes and fears in view of the next phase of international relations with the Soviet Union. He explains that the major powers are in the process of abandoning the Cold War due to the economic stalemate arising from the arms race, particularly regarding expensive nuclear weapons, which is making it more difficult for them to support developing nations. ZHOU ENLAI – NEHRU: London, 18 – Premier Zhou Enlai of the People’s Republic of China has sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru suggesting that the two countries begin talks on December 26 to settle their border differences. The dispute is seen not only by the West but also by the East as very serious and a threat to peace in Asia. YUGOSLAVIA: London, 17 – Yugoslavia is to act as a mediator among countries of the eastern alliance (i.e. Communist bloc) that 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 center on the organization of a high-level conference of Balkan states.

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