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Athens News Agency: News in English, 02-03-25

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  • [01] Weather Wednesday - Partly cloudy
  • [02] Greece observes 1821 War of Liberation anniversary

  • [01] Weather Wednesday - Partly cloudy

    25/03/2002 18:49:58

    Partly cloudy skies are forecast for most of Greece on Tuesday, with only a chance of rain in the north or snow flurries in mountainous regions. Northerly winds, moderate to strong and gusty in the Ionian. Temperatures between 2C to 10C in the north; 0C to 13 in the rest of the mainland; 5C to 15C on the islands.

    Scattered clouds in Athens, 5C to 13C. Only a slight chance of showers towards the afternoon in Thessaloniki, 3C to 10C.

    [02] Greece observes 1821 War of Liberation anniversary

    25/03/2002 16:37:59

    Nationwide celebrations marking the 181st anniversary of Greeces War of Independence culminated on Monday with the annual military parade through downtown Athens before tens of thousands of people and the countrys top leadership.

    As in previous years, President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and the rest of Greeces political and armed forces leadership viewed the parade from grandstand in front of the countrys Parliament.

    Stephanopoulos declined to make statements after the parade.

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis cited, among others, Athens goal of leading amid an area plagued by crises over the past decade -- regional efforts for peace, cooperation and development, all aimed at achieving the prosperity of both the Greek people and other neighbouring peoples.

    In his comments honoring Greek Independence Day -- March 25 -- Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis called on all forces in the country to make every possible effort towards safeguarding unity and national consensus.

    National Defence Minister Yiannos Papantoniou, meanwhile, offered his assurances that Greeces armed forces remain strong, reliable and effective, ready at a moments notice to defend the countrys national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    March 25, 1821 is officially celebrated as the beginning of the Greek nation's War of Liberation against dour Ottoman rule.

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