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03 June, 2000
Over 2,000 Greeks living in Canada created an atmosphere of enthusiasm during an official dinner provided by the Greek community in Toronto for President Kostis Stephanopoulos on Thursday night.
President Stephanopoulos addressed the event, attended by the Prime Minister of Ontario and the mayor of Toronto, while local young people re-enacted scenes from the history of Greek migrants with reference to Greece, Cyprus and Canada.
President Stephanopoulos referred to the era of Greek migrants, modern-day Greece and the need for overseas Greeks to safeguard their ties with the motherland.
He further referred to the contribution of overseas Greeks to Greece's struggles and to their contribution to the development of countries to which they have emigrated.
Commenting on modern-day reality in Greece, President Stephanopoulos stressed the fact that the constitution is functioning impeccably, foreign policy principles are steadfastly abided by in relation to national sovereignty and sovereign rights are inalienable, while efforts are being made to restore good relations with all neighboring countries and which are producing results.
Deputy Foreign Minister Angeliki Laiou also made a brief address, referring to the first Greek communities abroad and stressing the contribution of overseas Greeks to the development of Canada.
President Stephanopoulos visited York University in Toronto on Thursday morning, where a modern Greek studies faculty will be established, and addressed a large audience including many of the 400 Greek students studying there. President Stephanopoulos will conclude his visit to Canada on Friday with a tour of Niagara Falls and a visit to the city of Hamilton.
Source: Athens News Agency