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    Ex-Premier Constantine Karamanlis last night addressed the largest mass rally in the current Greek elections.?

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    Various shots of the mass rally at Klafthmonos Square.

    Ex-Premier Constantine Karamanlis arrives in his car protected by Policemen., and gets in the building from which he addressed the Athenians.

    Constantine Karamanlis speaks from the balcony of the Hotel d' Athenes to the crowds.


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    Background: Ex-Premier Constantine Karamanlis last night addressed the largest mass rally in the current Greek elections. The scene was Klafthmonos Square, in Athens. Karamanlis, leader of the National Radical Union, is regarded as the likely winner of the Sunday elections, with the Liberal party, and the United Democracy Left (Communist) runners up.

    The Radical Union embraces all the right-wing parties with a strong pro-American slant in its policy. This was the party which did not oppose the setting up of missile bases in Greece, and believes that any agreement on such installations is a matter for Parliament.

    During last night's mass rally there were no anti-American or anti-British sentiments expressed. There were no pro-Cyprus or Enosis demonstrations. Karamanlis, referring to the Cyprus question, said: "But the Greek people and world opinion know the bitter struggle we have waged for the self-determination of our Cypriot brothers. We refuse however the right to our critics to dictate to us the means and methods which we will use in order to bring this struggle to a successful end."
    As far as bases were concerned, the Radical Union leader said: "I have repeatedly stressed that no proposals for the installation of bases have been submitted to the Greek Government and that, therefore, we have undertaken no commitments.

    The electoral campaign is now finished. There will be no more speeches, meetings or gatherings. The tie between now and voting will be set aside so that the electorate can cool down and calmly ponder the issues at stake before going to the polls.

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