868.00/3–2046: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Greece (Rankin)

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365. Embtel 370 Mar 20. Personal and strictly confidential for Ambassador Grady only. Dept hopes statements authorized in Deptel [Page 127] 352 Mar 21 will strengthen PriMin in efforts to have elections held Mar 31 and to influence wide participation Greek electorate. However, if elections should be postponed Dept intends take to highest authority question of maintaining American Mission in Greece until June 1 at latest, if Brit and French Govts agree. This intention not being discussed at present outside Dept and is conveyed to you for your personal and strictly confidential information only. Knowledge of this intention might strengthen position of those elements desiring postponement.

Byrnes