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    THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER, PANAYOTIS PIPINELLIS, CLAIMED TONIGHT THAT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE WAS TRYING TO INTERFERE DIRECTLY IN GREEK INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

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    THE GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER, PANAYOTIS PIPINELLIS, CLAIMED TONIGHT THAT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE WAS TRYING TO INTERFERE DIRECTLY IN GREEK INTERNAL AFFAIRS. HE SPOKE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS AFTER ANNOUNCING HIS COUNTRY'S DECISION TO RESIGN FROM THE 18-NATION ORGANISATION RATHER THAN FACE SUSPENSION.

    MR. PIPINELLIS DENOUNCED COUNTRIES WHICH HAD MOUNTED WHAT HE CALLED A HOLY WAR AGAINST GREECE. THE 70-YEAR-OLD DIPLOMAT SAID: "RATHER THAN STRIVE TOWARDS STRENGTHENING EUROPE UNION, THESE COUNTRIES ARE UNLEASHING A HOLY WAR IN THE NAKE OF DEMOCRATIC ORTHODOXY OF WHICH THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES THE GREAT PROPHETS". HE DID NOT MENTION ANY COUNTRY BY NAME.

    THE FOREIGN MINISTER SAID THE RESIGNATION WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. HE HAD NOTIFIED THE DECISION TO A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL MINISTERS EARLIER TODAY.

    THE COUNCIL HAD BEEN CALLED TOGETHER TO CONSIDER A MOTION CALLING FOR THE SUSPENSION OF GREECE UNTIL THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT HAD MADE SATISFACTORY PROGRESS FOR THE RETURN OF HUMAN RIGHTS. GREEK RESIGNATION WAS ANNOUNCED AFTER A COUNT SHOWED ELEVEN COUNCIL MEMBERS IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER MEMBER READY TO BACK THE MOVE.

    MR. PIPINELLIS SAID HE GAVE THE COUNCIL A DETAILED PLAN FOR A RETURN TO CONSTITUTIONAL LIFE IN GREECE. BUT, HE SAID, THERE WAS A CLEAR RESISTANCE IN THE COUNCIL AGAINST HIS COUNTRY.

    THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE WAS FOUNDED 20 YEARS AGO WITH THE AIM OF ACHIEVING A GREATER UNITY BETWEEN ITS MEMBERS FOR SAFEGUARDING THE IDEALS OF THEIR COMMON HERITAGE AND INCREASING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROGRESS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8K8WJW394VE3IDJS9SWWLA0XG
    Media URN:
    VLVA8K8WJW394VE3IDJS9SWWLA0XG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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