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Taiwan, Greece, Sudan

Regarding Philip Kuhn's piece (Aug. 5), ``Taiwan's independence is a nonissue'': Does it make sense to call a ``nonissue'' the 40th-largest country (bigger than three-quarters of the members of the world community); the 12th-largest trader, possibly a nuclear power; and a country the Soviet Union does not consider unimportant? John F. Copper, Director Pacific Area Project Washington

Contrary to professor Spencer DiScala's assertion that US-Greek relations began to deteriorate since Dr. Andreas Papandreou became prime minister of Greece in 1981 (July 16), relations between Athens and Washington began to sour way before the rise of Papandreou to power. These strained relations pre-date Papandreou by about 20 years.

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In fact, it was right after the destabilization process initiated covertly by agencies of the US government during the mid-1960s, culminating in the military coup by the US-backed Greek colonels in April 1967.

For seven long and arduous years the people of Greece endured the indignities and repression of the military junta propped up by the US, and the Greek people have never forgiven the US for this, even though the Greeks still love and admire the American people as friends and allies. Ernest J. Vardalas Chicago

I praise the recent US decision to use three helicopters to expedite delivery of food to villages in Sudan. But as the Monitor's African Famine Update (Aug. 2) pointed out, available transportation is falling far short of delivering required amounts of food. Our government could do more to help out.

I urge other readers who are concerned about this disastrous situation to please write to President Reagan right away requesting that he take appropriate action.

It seems unconscionable to me that 2 million people in Sudan face starvation while mountains of food sit idle at Port Sudan. We need to do all that we can so that this lifesaving food is quickly delivered to the starving who need it. Steve Alderson Tallahassee, Fla.

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