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30 March, 1999
President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos yesterday expressed concern about the outcome of the conflict in Yugoslavia, although he ruled out any Greek involvement in the NATO military operations.
"As everyone else, I am concerned but I am not worried about a Greek involvement (in the military operations)," he said.
He made the statement after being briefed at the Greek defense ministry on the operational capabilities of the Hellenic armed forces.
Mr. Stephanopoulos said his visit to the ministry had been previously arranged during his acquaintance meeting with the new defense ministry leadership and was not prompted by the dire developments in Yugoslavia.
Afterwards, he attended a special forces demonstration by commandos at a western Attica base.
Mr. Stephanopoulos was escorted by National Defense Deputy Minister Dimitris Apostolakis as well as the leadership of the armed forces.
Source: Athens News Agency