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24 March, 1997
The buttressing of our national independence from external threats has priority in Greece's goals, President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos stated in a message to expatriate Greeks on the occasion of the country's national day tomorrow, March 25.
The day marks the 176th anniversary of the declaration of the Greek War of Independence against Ottoman rule.
"The threat is real and the provocations well known," he notes.
The provocations rally the Greeks together and strengthen national consensus, he adds, noting that "Greece, with a steady European orientation, is carving a course demanding of everyone willing contributions, which will give it the potential of consolidating its position internationally."
Source: Athens News Agency