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Former President Karamanlis: condolences

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FASO 25 April 1988


On behalf of the Australian Government and people I wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and to the Government and people of Greece on the death of former President and Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis.

In a long and distinguished public career spanning sixty years, former President Karamanlis became one of the most respected figures in modem Greece.

I particularly wish to pay tribute to Mr Karamanlis’s strong devotion to democracy, which made him an outspoken critic of the Greek military junta. From 1963 to 1974, in a demonstration of that opposition, he went into voluntary exile from Greece.

Mr Karamanlis returned to Greece in 1974 after the fall of the junta and was instrumental in that difficult period in restoring Greek parliamentary democracy. As part of the process of cementing that democracy and Greece’s place in * ·. ■ Europe he initiated the application which led to Greece’s membership in 1981 of the European Union.

Given the long and friendly ties between our two countries and the presence in Australia of a large community of Greek origin, Australia especially shares the sense of loss of Greece and the Greek people.

The Prime Minister has already sent his personal condolences and those of the Australian people to the family, Government and people of Greece.

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For further information contact: Ministerial, Innes Willox 0411 414 695 Departmental, Hugh Borrowman 0418 623 327

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