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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-05-01

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM visits military bases in Attica on Easter Sunday
  • [02] President of the Republic meets armed forces troops, coastguard officers on Kastellorizo
  • [03] No information that Greeks were among victims of Cairo terror strike, foreign ministry says
  • [04] Political leaders spend Easter with the troops

  • [01] PM visits military bases in Attica on Easter Sunday

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis spent Easter Sunday with the troops, in accordance with tradition, visiting the airforce base at Tatoi, a tank troops training centre at Avlona and a naval station in Salamina. He was accompanied by the Greek defence minister.

    At all three bases, the prime minister was greeted warmly and exchanged Easter wishes with the officers and troops, taking part in traditional Easter customs, while he ate Easter lunch on the frigate "Psara".

    In statements as he left the Navy frigate, Karamanlis said:

    "Greeks are today celebrating the Resurrection of Christ in a spirit of love. The resurrection of hope and optimism for the victories that we seek in our daily struggles. For the collective and individual successes that are coming. For the vindication of the citizens' expectations.

    "These days highlight the values of life but also the value of fighting for a better tomorrow, for a more just society. A society with more solidarity and more humanity. This is the society that we are all working for with faith and national self-confidence," he said.

    In the photo, the premier is seen 'cracking' red-painted Easter eggs - a Greek custom - with troops at Tatoi airforce base. (Photo supplied by ANA/ Paris Papaioannou).

    [02] President of the Republic meets armed forces troops, coastguard officers on Kastellorizo

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias exchanged Easter wishes and sat down to Easter lunch with officers and men of the Navy, Army and Greek coast guard on the island of Kastellorizo, where he is spending Easter Sunday.

    The president was accompanied by Aegean and Island Policy Minister Aristotelis Pavlidis and the Deputy Defence Minister, as well as representatives of local authorities on the island.

    Earlier, at a special ceremony at the Kastellorizo Town Hall, President Papoulias was declared an honorary citizen of Kastellorizo.

    The president will remain on the island until Tuesday afternoon.

    [03] No information that Greeks were among victims of Cairo terror strike, foreign ministry says

    No Greeks were among the victims of the latest terror strike in Cairo according to the information gathered by Greek diplomatic and consular souces, the foreign ministry said on Easter Saturday.

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said that the Greek General Consulate in Cairo was in constant contact with Egyptian authorities and had also advised local authorities to step up security around the Church of St. Constantine and St. Helen in the city during the midnight resurrection mass observed by Orthodox Christians as a precaution.

    [04] Political leaders spend Easter with the troops

    Many of Greece's political leaders, in addition to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, chose to spend their Easter Sunday by visiting troops around the country, in accordance with the Easter tradition.

    Among these was Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga, who visited the airforce base at Tatoi, where she exchanged Easter wishes with the troops.

    "These days, the heart, soul and mind of all turn to that which is absolutely necessary and realistic. The resurrection of the peoples," she said in a statement after the visit.

    In the photo, Papariga (second from left) is 'cracking' red-painted Easter eggs - a Greek tradition - with troops.

    The troops at Tatoi and at the tank training centre at Avlona also received a visit from Thanassis Leventis, who represented the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology party.

    (Photo supplied by ANA/ Paris Papaioannou).


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