November 20, 1999 |
With tear gas wafting through downtown Athens, firebombs bursting along police lines and anti-American demonstrators sending paving stones through shop windows, President Clinton saluted U.S.-Greek ties Friday and prodded Greece to seek reconciliation with Turkey. The disorders, fueled by residual anger over this spring's U.S.-led bombing of Yugoslavia, were the worst in the Greek capital in years and among the most violent to greet a traveling American president in two decades.
November 19, 1999 |
Greeks, who once worshiped a god of hospitality, still take pride in their generosity to guests. But the Anti-Power Reception Committee for Bill Clinton is something else. When the American president arrives this evening for a state visit, the committee, a tiny band of black-clad anarchists, will join in wider street protests against what its members call U.S. bullying in the Balkans.
November 14, 1999 |
Thousands of jubilant demonstrators chanting, "Clinton, fascist, murderer!" marched through Athens after earlier anti-U.S. protests led President Clinton to delay a visit here. Gathering on the day originally slated for Clinton's arrival, a crowd estimated at 10,000 marched from the city center to the U.S. Embassy in a rally staged by leftist and pacifist groups and supported by the Greek Communist Party. The march, under heavy police presence, ended peacefully.
August 30, 1997 |
President Clinton on Friday made his long-anticipated nomination of former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) to be ambassador to Japan. Former State Department spokesman R. Nicholas Burns was tapped to be ambassador to Greece. If confirmed by the Senate, Foley would replace former Vice President Walter F. Mondale in Tokyo. Mondale left in December, and the critical diplomatic post is vacant.
September 14, 1995 |
After 2 1/2 years of friction, Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement Wednesday settling all but one issue between them and removing a worrisome source of tension in the Balkans. Former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, the special U.N. envoy who mediated between the two, described the accord as one of "very broad scope and deep meaning" that could serve as a model for warring states in the region once the fighting dies down.
July 20, 1991 |
Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis reminded President Bush on Friday that Greece joined the international coalition against Iraq in the Persian Gulf War, although the fight "would exact a heavy toll on our hard-pressed economy," and tartly linked the contribution to Greece's bitter rivalry with Turkey over the division of Cyprus.