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GREEKS ASK COLLEGE SUPPORT FOR ASIATIC ISLAND CLAIMS

ITALY NOW IN POSSESSION

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A cablegram received yesterday by the College Office from Athens, Greece, and signed by the Executive Committee of the Dodecanesian Students' Council, appeals to all members of the University to support the Greek claims to the Dodecanesian Islands, now held by Italy.

The cable, which was sent from the offices of the Greek government, after expressing joy at the defeat of militarism and imperialism by the allied nations, sends a greeting to students at allied and neutral universities. It goes on to say: "Dodecanesian students residing in Greece and Dodecanesian students of the University of Athens urge your support in favor of the re-establishment of their unhappy country to its former indissoluble union with the rest of Greece."

The cable further points out that many Dodecanesians fell while fighting for the liberty of the allies, and that the inhabitants of these islands now desire a return to their former freedom. The cable is signed by the following men on the executive committee: Zervos, Skiathides, Kladakis, Patelis, Mavrikios, Katris, and Demetriades.

Located on Asia Minor Coast.

The Dodecanesian Islands are situated on the western coast of Asia Minor, and although the population is almost entirely Greek, formerly belonged to Turkey. In the Turko-Italian war of 1912, they were seized by Italy, and in spite of frequent protests by the inhabitants, have remained in the possession of that country ever since. The name Dodecanesian, meaning 12 islands, does not appear on any map, for the term has only recently come to be applied to this group of islands.

At the College Office, it was stated that no information was at hand concerning the body of students which sent the cablegram, but it is assumed that it is part of some large Greek patriotic society which is endeavoring to gain sympathy throughout the world for their aim of joining the islands to Greece.

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