Why is the UK supporting Greece

The civil war in Greece

After the Second World War, the Greek communist resistance movements protest against the restoration of the monarchy, which is supported by Great Britain. For the British, the Greek monarchy is the best way to keep the country in their zone of influence. After a positive referendum, King George II returned to his country from his exile in Cairo in September 1946. The communists, who are supplied directly by Yugoslavia and by the Soviet Union via Bulgaria and Albania, start a civil war and proclaim a provisional government in Epirus. On December 3, 1946, Greece filed a lawsuit with the United Nations Security Council. It accuses its three neighbors to the north of running guerrillas against its national interests.

From 1946 to 1949 there was repeated bloody fighting between the communists and the government forces, who received massive military and financial support from the British and later from the Americans, who feared that in the last state in the Balkans that was not yet under Soviet Rule is established, a people's republic is also emerging. As a neighboring country to Turkey, Greece is a strategic zone and an economic area of ​​paramount importance to cut off the path of Soviet supremacy in the eastern Mediterranean and to protect the oil reserves in the Middle East. The United States pledges to uphold the country's independence and territorial integrity by urging political leaders to establish a government of national unity and implement economic reforms. Greece is also receiving Marshall Plan aid and is gradually joining the Western system; In 1949 it joined the Council of Europe and in 1951 it became a member of NATO. Through Tito's break with the Soviet Union, the communist underground fighters lose their most important source of supply, which forces them to give up in October 1949. The end of the communist uprising in Greece, which killed more than 50,000 people, also marks the end of the Soviet advance in Europe.

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