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Greece (Amnesty Measures)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will instruct the British representative on the U.N.O. Balkans Commission to support the proposal for a broad amnesty to Greek guerillas and political internees to be operated under international supervision.

His Majesty's Government have always favoured the widest possible measure of amnesty in Greece consistent with the maintenance and improvement of public security and they hope that the Greek Government will feel able to extend the measures already taken. They have, however, grave doubts whether it falls properly within the terms of the United Nations Balkan Commission to make a recommendation on this subject. Meanwhile, the Greek Government have already extended a wide measure of amnesty to guerillas and political internees. As a result there have, I understand, been considerable releases of political internees and a number of guerillas have also surrendered and returned to their homes.