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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-26

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  • [01] Greek military chief in Ankara
  • [02] Illegals unwittingly enter Athos

  • [01] Greek military chief in Ankara

    The chief of Greece armed forces general staff, Lt.-Gen. Dimitris Grapsas began an official visit to Ankara on Monday at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Ya┼r B├╝y├╝kanit.

    In his opening comments, Lt.-Gen. Grapsas referred to the joint efforts by Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos and the father of the modern Turkish state, Kemal Ataturk, to establish peace between the two peoples.

    "For this reason, it is our duty to walk down the same path today ... If we want to vindicate history and if we truly love our peoples as much as we say we do, we must accomplish this," the Greek military chief said.

    In his reply, Gen. B├╝y├╝kanit noted that "Venizelos and Ataturk, in a short period of time, ensured peace."

    He reminded of his official visits to Greece as head of the land forces as well as Turkey's chief of the armed forces, while expressing his satisfaction for the reciprocal visit by his Greek counterpart.

    Turkey's chief of staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit (R) and his visiting Greek counterpart Lt.-Gen. Dimitrios Grapsas (L) pose for media before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey on 26 May 2008. ANA-MPA/EPA/ATES TUMER

    [02] Illegals unwittingly enter Athos

    Authorities on Monday announced that four women from Moldova had unwittingly violated the ban on women setting foot on the Mount Athos peninsula, home to a self-governing community of all-male monasteries that is also known as the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain.

    The four women and one man were dropped off at the jetty of the Megisti Lavra Monastery by migrant smugglers over the weekend.

    Mount Athos occupies one of the three promontories that comprise the verdant Halkidiki peninsula, east of Thessaloniki and almost in the middle of the Macedonia province of northern Greece.

    According to police inspector Stergios Apostolidis, monks discovered two of the foreign women at the monastery's tiny harbour on Sunday afternoon and alerted local police. A subsequent search by police and coast guard officers led to the discovery the remaining three illegals, who had spent the night on a nearby beach when they saw police arrive.

    They told police that they were dropped off at the monastery by two Ukrainian immigrant smugglers that had picked them up from Turkey. The five would-be migrants, aged between 27 and 41, had each paid 4,000 euros to be ferried into Greece. They also claim that the Ukrainian smugglers had dropped them off at the site without informing them that they were on Mount Athos.

    Caption: A file photo dated Wednesday 03 March 2004 shows the Hilandarion Monastery, run by Serb monks, on the Mount Athos peninsula of northern Greece. Mount Athos is home to a semi-autonomous monastic community that dates back to the 5th century AD, from where women are barred. ANA-MPA/EPA/KOTSIARIS

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