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    Greece's annual army day was celebrated on Sunday (29 August) without the usual parades or military displays.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3EKS3IVS4BV7FUSRQ097VMBRM
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EKS3IVS4BV7FUSRQ097VMBRM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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