868.00/3–845: Telegram

Mr. Alexander C. Kirk, Political Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater, to the Secretary of State

882. Macmillan stated on his return from Athens yesterday that Greek situation was going not so well. He said that Plastiras government and Damaskinos were veering more and more to the right and that he had had to “crack them on the head”. He said that while neither Plastiras nor Damaskinos were particularly pleased with his intervention nevertheless he thought they would go along with the ideas of British Government. Macmillan added that EAM were not turning in their arms in the quantities that British had expected and the British intelligence had learned that a certain number of arms were being concealed. He felt that on the whole the situation would be worked out satisfactorily in due course and he did not feel particularly disturbed at this time.