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Leeper sent a second cable that day, reporting with obvious approval that Myers and Wallace felt that EAM now realised that only a policy of cooperation with the British could gain them support, and that they must now work with other national groups in a coalition. The only way they might gain significant popular support would be to exploit the issue of the King's early return. Leeper drew the conclusion that political The Andarte Delegation's Visit to Egypt, August-November 1943 23 movements in Greece would become 'steadily more national and less communist' once the King announced that he would put off his return until the people called him.
He was especially unhappy with the fact that there were so few resources available for operations in the Balkans, since the main Allied command under Eisenhower did not include responsibility for operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. This area was assigned to the Middle East Command in Cairo, which had been drained of forces for the build-up to OVERLORD, the forthcoming invasion of northern France. Churchill felt that the emphasis on OVERLORD would result in missed opportunities for action against the Germans in the Balkans in the months before May 1944.
55 Leeper discussed the problem with Wilson, and wrote to Eden: 'I put to the Commander-in-Chief the following plan which I worked out after you left Cairo', although there seems no aspect of this plan which differs from Eden's proposal to the War Cabinet. Leeper reported Wilson's first reaction as favourable, which was confirmed by the Commander-in-Chief's new appreciation forwarded to London the following day. The Chiefs of Staff agreed to support Wilson's position, apparently accepting Eden's proposal.