December 23, 1959

BELGIAN CONGO: London, 17 – According to reports from Stanleyville, the police have used tear gas to break up a demonstration by Congolese who welcomed King Baudouin of Belgium with cries of «Independence.» The demonstrators had merged 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. CHRISTOFOROS NEZER: At the premiere of the Royal Theater’s production of Moliere’s «Le Misanthrope» last night, the main role was played by Christoforos Nezer, who was later awarded a medal by King Pavlos. AVEROFF ADDRESSES WEST: Paris, 16 – In a speech yesterday at the NATO ministerial meeting, Foreign Minister Evangelos Averoff explained Greece’s perception of the prerequisites for world detente. He emphasized that no obligation should be undertaken without the prior approval of all NATO members and that Greece would never agree to a decision that did not meet with the body’s absolute approval.

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