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28 April, 2000
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem will be awarded the East-West Institute's "Statesman of the Year Award" on Tuesday in New York.
The institute decided to award Papandreou and Cem for their work in Greek-Turkish rapprochement, since the Aug. 17 earthquake in Istanbul and the Sept. 7 earthquake in Athens.
The award ceremony will take place during the investment conference "Moving towards an integrated Europe: Investment opportunities in Southeastern Europe", organized by the East-West Institute on that same day.
Along with the two foreign ministers, Greece's EKAM and Turkey's AKUT, search and rescue units, will also be awarded for their efforts to rescue survivors in both neighboring countries.
Source: Athens News Agency