868.01/27: Telegram

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

234. Ministry has summoned to throne through Greek Minister at Berne, Prince Paul, younger brother of deceased King, in accordance 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 Coundouriotis 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.