Greece's annual army day was celebrated on Sunday (29 August) without the usual parades or military displays.
GV PAN DOWN: Athens Cathedral.
SV: Defence Minister Evanghelos Averoff entering cathedral (to music)
SV: flag bearers and crowd.
SV: Mr. Averoff laying wreath at tomb of unknown soldier (2 shots)
SV: Army chiefs saluting. (music)
SV: Averoff reviewing guard of honour. (music)
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Greece's annual army day was celebrated on Sunday (29 August) without the usual parades or military displays.
SYNOPSIS: A ceremony to mark the day at Athens Cathedral was attended by Greek Defence Minister Evanghelos Avaroff. Normally, army day is used for major displays of military equipment. But many of the country's troops have been moved to the northern border with Turkey. There's tension between the two countries over rival claims for mineral rights in the Aegean Sea. Turkey has sent a survey ship into the disputed waters in search of oil, and the move led to the full scale military alert in Greece. Turkey has also put its forces on manoeuvres.
But one of the traditional Army day ceremonies was observed. Mr. Avaroff laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. There were also remembrance services for the dead of the Second World War and the Greek civil war, which were attended by government ministers and military officials.
Greek ministers have met regularly to discuss the Aegean situation. The dispute has also been discussed at the United Nations Security Council. But a proposed resolution calling for restraint and resumed negotiations was returned by Greece and Turkey with requests for changes. Greece has said it is willing to hold discussions on the subject with Turkey. However, Greek Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis has warned that what he called 'Turkish threats' would be answered in kind.