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(1947)

United States economic and military aid to Greece and Turkey: the Truman Doctrine,   pp. 1-484 PDF (184.7 MB)


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AID TO GREECE AND TURKEY
going to US to secure collaboration of opposition (mytels 1658 of
November 30, 1500 of November 2, 1478 of October 29, 1946 4) would
appear to have been made quite loyally in keeping with our advice.
This also view of British Charg6 Lascelles to whom I read the above.
British Ambassador departed this morning for London to attend con-
ference of British representatives in this region called by Bevin - for
January 13. Before his departure I communicated him substance not
only of Deptel 8, January 3 but also of my subsequent conversation
with King 6 and he agrees with me that in absence of more desirable
solution (i.e. formation of wide coalition), best Allied tactics must be
to
keep pressing present government not only to continue broadening its
membership as King suggests, but also to continue liberalizing its
program (my airgram A-6 January 3 7) along line already laid down
at our suggestion on dropping of Mavromichalis 8 and passing of
amnesty laws. However, in view of powerful nature of forces making
for division and eventual anarchy in this country we also believe that
such persistent pressure on our part should be given least possible
publicity and that every care should be taken as long as present gov-
ernment remains in power to prevent growth of disrupting impressions
that it lacks Allied confidence and support.
                                                         MACVEAGo
  None printed.
  5Ernest Bevin, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
  SGe orge II, King of the Hellenes. Telegram 23, January 8, from, Athens,
not
  printed, gave details of the conversation of Ambassador MacVeagh with the
King
  (868.00/1-847).
  7 Not printed.
  Petros Mavromichalis, a member of the extreme right wing of the ruling
  Populist Party.
  868.00/1-1147: Telegram
  The Ambassador in Greece (MacVeagh) to the Secretary of State
  SECRET                         ATHENS, January 11, 1947--4 p. m.
  31. Mytel 30, of January 11. Following are essential parts PriMin's
  reply.
  "1. As regards the financial question which I brought up in Wash-
  ington, am particularly happy to see that what you say about the
  attitude of your government agrees in every respect with the impres-
  sions that I carried away from those friendly conversations. I was
  extremely pleased that the distinguished personalities with whom I
  conferred stressed the need for 'urgently' exploring all possibilities
  of rendering immediate as well as long-range economic assistance to
  Greece (official press release of the State Department 1 published in the
  'Issued December 23, 1946; for text, see Department of State Bufletin,
Jfan-
  uary 5,1947, p. 29.
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