868.00/4–1545: Telegram

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

1556. British military authorities AFHQ64 have been planning on the basis that present Greek Government will have established [Page 126] fairly well its authority over entire country by June 1 and consequently wish to withdraw British forces from Greece beginning July 1.

We understand Macmillan has protested strongly against this proposal and has sent an urgent recommendation to Churchill that British troops for political reasons should not be removed from Greece before end of this year.

  1. Allied Force Headquarters.