September 25, 1952

PEURIFOY: (From an interview given by US Ambassador John Peurifoy to the New York newspaper Atlantis) «Under no circumstances have I attempted to dictate to the Greek people what they should do. That is called interference. I have always worked for the the interests of the Greek people and perhaps that has offended certain politicians. However, I believe that all my efforts have been directed at serving Greece’s interests. This involvement on the part of Americans is legal, founded in a law passed by the Greek Parliament which provides for the participation of members of the American mission in sessions of Greece’s Supreme War Council, the Monetary Committee and the Foreign Trade Committee. Therefore it is only natural that the views of the US should be asked for regarding these issues. (…) My wife and I feel great affection for the heroic Greek people, who are trying to reconstruct their country in the best possible way. This will be achieved if we let them get on with their job. PAOK-OLYMPIAKOS 2-1: Panathinaikos having defeated AEK 1-0 on Sunday (September 21), yesterday beat Olympiakos 2-1 and won the September cup. The match was played yesterday afternoon at the Panathinaikos stadium before a crowd of 20,000 people. The game proceeded smoothly during the first half, but in the second half, several players sustained minor injuries that recalled the fanaticism of the past.

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