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26 March, 1999
In a message to the nation, Prime Minister Costas Simitis said "that contributing to the creation of a modern, powerful and prosperous Greece means honoring the past."
He said that today what is patriotic is what makes Greece strong and modern, having a say and prestige in international developments, what makes the economy competitive, promotes wider social consensus and cohesion and what makes Greece omnipotent on all fronts and particularly on the home front.
Mr. Simitis said the government is combining economic and social development with the strengthening of the country's international position and strong deterrence, facing Turkish aggressiveness effectively.
He further said in his message that Greece claims nothing, while it also negotiates nothing, adding that Greece is in a position to guarantee the preservation and maintenance of peace and the widening of cooperation in the sensitive Balkan region.
Source: Athens News Agency