Premier: 'All Greeks worked together'

Updated: August 6, 2004, 9:10 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Athens is ready to host "wonderful" Summer Olympics, the result of a united effort by Greeks throughout the country, Premier Costas Caramanlis said Friday.

"All Greeks worked together with faith and vision," Caramanlis said after touring the media center at the Olympic complex a week before the games.

He was accompanied by Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee president; Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, chief organizer; and Fani Palli-Petralia, culture minister.

Greece got off to a slow start preparing for the Olympics because of political infighting and bureaucracy. Now organizers are finishing last-minute details, such as landscaping.

Caramanlis said, "The message of modern Greece, a message of peace, a message of humanity, message of culture," will be transmitted all over world during the games.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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