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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1943. The Near East and Africa
(1943)

Greece,   pp. 124-177 PDF (19.3 MB)


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battalions and the third is about to be formed. The Greek Prime
Minister has agreed to place the 'army' entirely under the jurisdiction
and command of General Wilson." 5
  Please report as fully as possible on this subject.
                                                            WELLES
868.00/1193: Telegram
     The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State
                                      CAIRO, March 13, 1943-6 p. m.
                                   [Received March 13-5: 53 p. m.]
  505. My 493, March 12, 10 a.m.6     Office of Minister of State7
advises that Greek Army crisis has impelled King of Greece to ad-
vance date of coming here and now expected imminently. In mean-
time British are exerting every effort to prevent publication of news
of troubles at least until King arrived and it has been suggested that
it would be helpful if American authorities could also assist in stop-
ping publicity on matter. Same source adds that British Ambassador
to Greece in London 8 will be transferred here coincidental with in-
stallation of Greek Government in Cairo and that thereafter Greek
affairs here will be handled by Ambassador rather than Minister of
State. I shall of course be in personal contact with the King after
his arrival.
                                                              KIRK
868.01/328: Telegram
     The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State
                                     CAIRO, March 15,1943-11 a. m.
                                   [Received March 15-9: 04 a. m.)
  508. My 505, March 13, 6 p. m. The King of Greece arrived this
morning.
                                                              KIRK
 5 Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, British Commander in Chief, Middle East.
 Not printed.
 The Minister of State was the representative of the British War Cabinet
in
 the Middle East, with Cabinet rank. His duties Included political guidance
to
 the Commander in Chief in the Middle East and he was generally responsible
for
 the conduct of political affairs in the area resulting from the war. The
in-
cumbent at this time was Richard G. Casey.
8Reginald W. Allen Leeper was appointed British Ambassador to the Greek
Government in Exile on March 11.
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