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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920
(1920)

Greece,   pp. 705-717 PDF (4.3 MB)


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GREECE
RECALL OF KING CONSTANTINE
Defeat of Venizelos at the Polls, and Plebiscite Calling for the Return of
King Constantine-Question of the Recognition of King Constantine by
the United States
868.01/27: Telegram
The Minister in Greece (Capps) to the Secretary of State
ATHENS, October 27, 1920 1 p.m.
[Received October 28-6: 46 a.m.]
234. Ministry has summoned to throne through Greek Minister
at Berne, Prince Paul, younger brother of deceased King, in ac-
cordance with its interpretation of constitution. Will insist upon
definite and final renunciation of all rights to throne by ex-King
Constantine and his son George as a condition of Paul's acceptance.
Pending decision and arrival of Prince Paul a regency will be
established by act of Parliament which has been summoned to
meet tomorrow. Ministry will nominate as Regent Admiral Coun-
douriotis retired who is highly respected by all political parties
although he was one of the leaders in the Saloniki revolution. Date
of King's funeral will be announced today.
CAPPS
868.00/214: Telegram
The Minister in Greece (Capps) to the Secretary of State
ATHENS, November 0, 1920-8 p.m.
[Received November 3-10: 13 a.m.]
241. Decree of Regent on behalf of Ministry gazetted today post-
poning elections one week until November 14th in order to permit
full and free discussion of dynastic problem now confronting Greece.
Prince Paul acting in harmony with Opposition, which is avowedly
Constantinist in sentiment, accepts invitation to throne on condi-
tion that people first make clear by plebiscite that they do not desire
either Constantine or former Crown Prince George as their King.
Venizelos Party declines to submit this question to plebiscite but
asks electors for vote of confidence at the coming elections on the
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