Memorandum of Conversation, by the Under Secretary of State (Stettinius)
The Greek Ambassador38 called at his request to present Mr. Varvaressos, Ambassador Extraordinary for Economic Affairs and Governor of the Bank of Greece, who had attended the Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods39 and was well satisfied with the results. Mr. Varvaressos feels that the plan adopted is sound, comprehensive, and workable. I recalled my conversations in London in April with the Greek Minister of Finance regarding the Greek Government’s financial situation.40 They left with me the attached memorandum on the Greek financial position and stated that they wished to discuss the matter further with me next week.
Mr. Varvaressos stated that he had applied to the British Government but had received no encouragement. The Greeks feel their financial situation is desperate and they hope aid of some kind can be granted. I assured the gentlemen we would analyze their memorandum promptly with the greatest care and would give it our most sympathetic consideration.
- Cimon P. Diamantopoulos.↩
- For correspondence on the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, which met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, from July 1 to 22, 1944, see vol. ii .↩
- Memorandum of April 18 not printed.↩
- For correspondence on the Greek-Italian war, see Foreign Relations, 1940, vol. iii, pp. 524 ff.↩
- Dated March 9, 1942; for summaries, see telegram 5202, September 17, 1942, 6 p.m., from London, and report of October 15, 1942, by the Greek Minister of Finance, ibid., 1942, vol. ii, pp. 803 and 804, respectively.↩
- For correspondence on the Lend-Lease Agreement between the United States and Greece, signed at Washington on July 10, 1942, see Foreign Relations, 1942, vol. ii, pp. 814 ff.↩
- For correspondence on the sending of relief supplies by the United States to Greece, see ibid., pp. 724 ff.↩
- Ibid., 1943, vol. iv, p. 175.↩
- Hereinafter this amount is referred to as $25,000,000.↩