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13 January, 1998
The idea of reviving the ancient Greek custom of the Olympic armistice was accepted following a meeting here yesterday between International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch and Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
During the more than one-hour meeting, it was decided that the Greek initiative for a cease-fire of hostilities during Olympic Games be adopted, and for a center be established in ancient Olympia to promote the entire idea.
Mr. Papandreou expounded on Greece's plans for this initiative, and said it was part of commitments undertaken by Athens for the hosting of the 2004 Games.
Mr. Samaranch appeared to have responded positively to the Greek initiative and invited Athens to officially present further details at an IOC meeting in Nagano, Japan, just a few days before the opening of the 1998 Winter Olympics.
According to reports, Mr. Samaranch is planning to visit Athens soon for talks with Greek officials.
Mr. Papandreou said that a number of meetings will be held from now on with international dignitaries, aimed at further promoting the idea.
Source: Athens News Agency