740.00119 (Potsdam)/7–2045

No. 1064
Proposal by the Soviet Delegation

[Translation—Extracts1]

The Yalta Declaration “On Liberated Europe”

Russian Proposal Presented to Foreign Ministers, July 20, 19452

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But there is one country—Greece—in which no due order still exists, where law is not respected, where terrorism rages directed against democratic elements which have borne the principal burden of the fight against German invaders for the liberation of Greece. Moreover, the present Greek Government is breaking the peace with their neighbors and threatening Albania and Bulgaria with military action. All these circumstances create the necessity of taking urgent measures to eliminate such a situation in Greece.

In accordance with the aforesaid the Soviet Government consider necessary:

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(2) to recommend to the Regent of Greece3 to take immediate measures towards the establishment of a democratic government in the spirit of the agreement reached at Varkiza, February 12, 1945, between the representatives of the then existing government of Greece and the representatives of Greek democracy.

The Soviet Government express their assurance that the above-mentioned measures will find the support of the Governments of Great Britain and the United States of America and will be carried out.

  1. For the other paragraphs of this proposal, see document No. 804. For another Soviet proposal on this subject, see document No. 1423.
  2. See ante, p. 150.
  3. Damaskinos, Archbishop of Greece.