New Year's celebrations in Greece took on a new significance on Wednesday (1 January) as the observance also marked the end of seven years of military rule.
SV PAN Karamanlis arriving at cathedral
LV Provisional President Stassinopoulos arriving
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SV Stassinopoulos greeting Karamanlis and members of clergy
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Background: New Year's celebrations in Greece took on a new significance on Wednesday (1 January) as the observance also marked the end of seven years of military rule.
Official ceremonies at Athens Cathedral were attended by the republic's newly-elected interim president, Michael Stassinopoulos, whose selection by Parliament on 18 December formally marked the end of the army's intervention in Greece's political life. President Stassinopoulos was greeted at the cathedral by Premier Constantine Karamanlis and all members of his Cabinet.
In his New Year's message to the Greek people, President Stassinopoulos -- a 71-year-old law professor -- said that in 1974 Greece had tasted with bitterness "the injustice and unlawfulness inflicted on a living part of Hellenism -- the tormented island of Cyprus," and voiced the hope for an early solution.
Premier Karamanlis, in his message, said that 1974 would stand as an important landmark in his country's history. It began under tyranny he said, but ended with freedom, democracy and a government based on a great popular majority.