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    Greek general staff chief on historic visit to Turkey

    Hurriyet English with wires
    26.05.2008 - 12:33 | Son Güncelleme:

    Greece's top commander Dimitros Grapsas praised Monday Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, and former Greek leader Eleftherios Venizelos, saying their countries are lucky to have such great leaders, at a meeting with his Turk counterpart.

    Ataturk and Venizelos worked hard for the peace between the two nations, Turkey and Greece, Grapsas told reporters as he met Turkish General Staff Chief Yasar Buyukanit in Ankara.  

    Both countries have been very lucky to have such great leaders in their histories, "Therefore it is our duty is to continue to follow in their steps. We must do this if we want to relieve our history and show we care for our people as much as we have always said," Grapsas said.  

    "If we, as soldiers, provide a secure environment, then politicians will be able to establish better dialogue," said Buyukanit, adding he was pleased to host Grapsas in Turkey

    Grapsas visited the mausoleum of Ataturk before the meeting.

    This is the second time in history a Greek Chief of General Staff has visited Turkey, after the official visit of Panayotis Hinofotis in 2006.

    Photo: Reuters


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