September 16-17, 1952

BETWEEN BRITAIN AND THE USA: According to reports from London, a demarche from Greece regarding its participation in talks on organizing the defense of the Middle East has been received by Great Britain as a «non-friendly gesture.» Moreover, an unfavorable commentary has appeared in The Times, written by its diplomatic correspondent, presenting the view that the move was seen as another mistake in a series of several other «Greek mistakes» both small and large, such as its recognition of the title of the king of Egypt. The correspondent added that the demarche from the Greek government was a «crisis of nerves» due to the Cyprus issue. It could also have been a «forewarning of an action by the USA,» aimed at ensuring that America was not isolated in plans for an organization of French and British possessions which are to take place in the scheme for the defense of the Middle East. (…) Politicians in Athens note that it is absolutely necessary for our friends the British to realize that their friendship, which Greece desires most fervently, is not to be had in exchange for abandoning an entirely independent policy that essentially serves the country’s interests. ‘FORBIDDEN GAMES’: The French film «Forbidden Games» has won the prize of the Golden Lion of St Mark at the 13th International Film Festival of Venice.

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