The death of Mr. Panayotis Pipinelis, the Greek Foreign Minister, has deprived the country's military-backed?
GV EXT Pipinlis house
SV Flag at half mast.
SV PAN INT Service in Cathedral in Athens
SV Mourners at side of coffin
SV Priest conducts service
MV Widow and other mourners near coffin (2 shots)
SV Chandelier TILT TO mourners kissing coffin.
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Background: The death of Mr. Panayotis Pipinelis, the Greek Foreign Minister, has deprived the country's military-backed regime of its most prominent civilian supporter. Tomorrow (Tuesday) he will be accorded a state funeral with full honours.
Mr. Pipinelis, who died of a heart attack yesterday (Sunday), aged 71, was the only prominent Greek politician to rally with the military regime following the coup which displaced King Constantine three years ago. Nevertheless, he was rated by political observes as a staunch supporter of the Greek Royal Family and had repeated meetings with King Constantine concerning the terms of the king's possible return to the throne. He had acted in this capacity as a link between the Government of Prime Minister George Papadopoulos and the exiled Royal Family.
His death is expected to create a problem for the military regime, as the task facing a new Foreign Minister appears to be the most difficult in the present cabinet. Any succeeding Minister would face the delicate task of resisting mounting pressure from abroad to restore normal political life in Greece.
Among those at the Cathedral filing past the coffin of the distinguished Greek politician were his widow and other family mourners.