868.00/3–2245: Telegram

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

1085. Macmillan informed us today that he was somewhat exasperated with Greek situation. He said that British were constantly obliged to step in to see to it that Greek Government kept their side of Varkiza Agreement. He stated that a wave of reaction was sweeping country and now that the Right felt the Government was firmly installed with British backing they were out for revenge. Macmillan added that Plastiras “would not do” and in about a month’s time will have to resign. When asked who would replace Plastiras, he stated that he was not quite certain as yet but that he personally would support the candidacy of Varvaressos54 who was by far the most able Greek he knew.

  1. Kyriakos Varvaressos, wartime Governor of the Bank of Greece at London.