• Short Summary

    KING CONSTANTINE SAID IN ROME LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) HE WAS WILLING TO RETURN TO GREECE, BUT HE WANTED ASSURANCES THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RETURN TO PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY.

  • Description


    KING CONSTANTINE SPEAKING.



    KING CONSTANTINE:



    "BECAUSE OF NEGOTIATIONS WHICH ARE UNDERWAY, I HAVE KEPT SILENT SINCE MY DEPARTURE FROM GREECE. BUT EVENTS ARE SUCH THAT I CONSIDER IT NECESSARY TO STATE MY POSITION TO MY PEOPLE AND TO RETURN TO GREECE. BUT I MUST HAVE ASSURANCES THAT MY COUNTRY IS ON ITS WAY BACK TO PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY. I HAVE ONLY ONE CONDITION FOR MY RETURN TO GREECE AS THE RIGHTFUL CHIEF OF STATE - THAT THE GOVERNMENT IN POWER ANNOUNCES A FIRM AND COMPLETE TIMETABLE FOR THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF A NORMAL DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL LIFE. THERE MUST BE AN ACCEPTABLE DATE FOR THE PUBLICATION OF A NEW CONSTITUTION. THERE MUST BE AN EARLY DATE ANNOUNCED FOR A PLEBISCITE ON THE CONSTITUTION. AND, THE GREEK PEOPLE SHOULD BE ASSURED THAT THEY WILL AGAIN BE ABLE TO EXERCISE THEIR ANCIENT RIGHT TO ELECT THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. LET US BE PERFECTLY REALISTIC. I HAVE NO ACTUAL POWER AT MY COMMAND NOW, BUT I DO HAVE BEHIND MY PURPOSE THE DESIRE OF EVERY GREEK TO LIVE IN FREEDOM. I RECOGNISE THE RISKS I TOOK DECEMBER THE THIRTEENTH. I DID THIS FOR THE SAKE OF MY PEOPLE.




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    Background: KING CONSTANTINE SAID IN ROME LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) HE WAS WILLING TO RETURN TO GREECE, BUT HE WANTED ASSURANCES THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RETURN TO PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY.

    THE GREEK MONARCH READ A DECLARATION TO A GROUP O REPORTERS. HE SAID HE HAD LEFT GREECE TO CONVINCE THOSE IN POWER THAT DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE RETURNED AT AN EARLY DATE.

    IT WAS THE KING'S FIRST COMMENT SINCE HE FLEW INTO EXILE IN ROME LAST THURSDAY AFTER AN UNSUCCESSFUL COUNTER-COUP AGAINST THE RULING MILITARY JUNTA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA14X1RT8DLSCFPLYCJT4PK7BC2
    Media URN:
    VLVA14X1RT8DLSCFPLYCJT4PK7BC2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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