MILITARY TAKEOVER IN GREECE

Created: 4/21/1967

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INTELLIGENCE KSMORANDUH

KILITASY TAKEOVER' IN GREECE (ADDENDUM.TO SITUATION REPORTST)

COilSTANTINE HAS TOLD AMBASSADOR

TALHGT THAT KE WAS FORCED INTO COOPERATION VIITH THi MILITRY JUNTA NOW IN POWER IN ATHENS. HE. STATED THAT HE ONLY ACCEPTED THE NEW GOVERNMENTTORMY FIVE-HOUR SESSION WITH COUP LEADERS, AND CHARACTERIZED THEM AS "STUPID, ULTRA RIGHT-WING BASTARDS', WHO,-HAVING GAINED COF TANKS, HAVEBROUGHT DISASTER. TOE CLAIMSONSIDERED ORDERING LOYAL TROOPS TO FIRE ON THE KEM3ERS OF THEOVERNMENT AT THE PALACE S'JEAR-INS-IK CEREMONY, BUT ABANDONED .THE IDEA, REALIZING THAT KIS PALACE'WAS SURROUNDED BY TANKS AND OTHER 3 i! AN NED BY TROOPS LOYAL TO THE JUNTA.;'

AS ASKED TALBOT -ETHER THERE

IS ANY POSSIBILITY US MARINES COULDANDED TO' -HELP HIK AND "HIS GENERALS" RE-ESTABLISH CONTROL; HE ASSERTS THAT GREEK TROOPS WOULD NOT FIRE ON US .

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3. CONSTANTI ME BELIEVES THAT GH9 CHIEF SPANDIDAKXS KNEW "INUT THE PLANNED CUP, BUT WAS TAKEN EY SURPRISE WHEN IT WASWITHOUT HIS GO-AHEAD. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, KO-/EVER, SPflNDIDAKIS AGREED TO COOPERATE WITH THE JUNTA IN ASSUMING THE FIGUREHEAD POST OF DEPUTY PREMIER. THE KING IS APPREHENSIVE ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT AND GUZRIED AMBASSADOR TALOT ABOUTHELICOPTERS TO EVACUATE THE ROYAL FAMILY RON HIS PALACE AT TATOI, NORTH'iEST OF ATHENS.

THE KING HAS ALSO ASKED TALBOT TOEMARCHE TO THE HEW GOVERNMENT TO "INSIST" THATN IT ITSELF TO MAINTAIN ORDER AND FOLLOW ORDERS Or THE XING. TALBOT HAS AN APPOINTMENT WITH THEE MINISTER AND INTENDS TO URGE "HE GOVERNMENT TO RESTORE NORMAL,LIFE". "

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