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08 May, 2000
President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos on Sunday ended a three-day tour of Thrace with a visit to Alexandroupoli where he referred to Greek-Turkish relations.
He said that he hoped that the settlement of issues with neighboring Turkey would bring about the peaceful co-existence of the peoples and consequently a feeling of security and confidence, which would not allow crises in sensitive regions such as Evros and the islands of the eastern Aegean.
Stephanopoulos said that it was certain that there was willingness for rapprochement and that Turkey's European vocation would not permit it to exert pressure as it did in the past. He said the election of the new president of Turkey could help in this direction.
Stephanopoulos was also briefed by prefect George Dolios on the region's problems and said that prospects opening for Thrace were very positive.
The president had visited Xanthi on Friday and Rodopi on Saturday.
In Rodopi prefecture he praised the harmonious cohabitation of Christians and Moslems in the region.
Addressing a gathering at a central square, the president greeted Christians and Moslems alike. "I have the same feelings for all, the same love, the same wishes for all to be well, for prosperity, for us to live in peace," he said.
"Our country shows its peaceful and friendly feelings towards all and awaits from all to respond to this peaceful offer. Only in a period of peace can peoples and countries progress," the president added.
Source: Athens News Agency