Greek P.M. Constantine Karamanlis arrived in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on Wednesday (2 July)--?
Greek P.M. Constantine Karamanlis arrived in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on Wednesday (2 July)-- the first Greek chief of state to visit the East European country since the Second World War.
The mission is part of a concerted effort by Greece to improve its relations with its Balkan neighbours. It comes following visits by Mr. Karamanlis to Yugoslavia and Rumania.
Already the visit has produced one important pledge by Bulgaria. Greek officials are interpreting a remark by Bulgarian President Tuoor Zhivkov that Bulgaria will not take advantage of another country's disputes as a pledge that Bulgaria will not do anything along its border with Greece which would inhibit Greek efforts to concentrate its military power against Turkey.
During his visit, Mr. Karamanlis will hold talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Stanko Todorov as well as with Mr. Zhivkov. Talks are expected to centre on Balkan issues, including the dispute between Greece and Turkey over Vyprus, and ways of improving economic and cultural links.
mr. Karamanlis will return home on Saturday (July)