File No. 868.00/129

The Minister in Greece ( Droppers ) to the Secretary of State


369. In new Ministry Venizelos takes portfolio of War; Politis, Foreign Affairs, In speech yesterday Venizelos said:

As regards foreign policy, we understand the place of Greece alongside of democratic nations which are fighting for liberty of world against Central Empires and their two allies who are our hereditary [Page 113] enemies. We realize that if we do not chase this redoubtable enemy from eastern Macedonia of which a criminal policy of status quo has opened doors to Bulgarians this part of country will risk great danger. However, before thinking of calling upon inhabitants of this part of country, i. e., Old Greece, for necessary sacrifices we must head and reinforce organism materially, morally.