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Transcript 7003

Message to Greek Prime Minister - Sympathy for Greek Earthquake

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Hawke, Robert

Period of Service: 11/03/1983 to 20/12/1991

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Release Date: 16/09/1986

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 7003

16 September 1986

On 15 September I sent the following message to the Greek Prime Minister, Mr Andreas Papandreou:

I was very sorry to learn of the earthquake which occurred in Southern Greece and of the death, injuries and destruction at Kalamata.

This is a human tragedy which will draw worldwide  sympathy, but it is felt particularly acutely in Australia where so many of our citizens have strong personal and family ties with your country. Indeed Australians have notable connections with the Messinia region ranging from the landing of Australian troops at Kalamata during the Second World War to the many thousands of Greek Australians whose origins are in this part of Greece.

On behalf of the Government and of all Australians I would like, through you, to convey to the relatives of thlce killed and to those injured and suffering th3 Pakfects of the destruction our deepest sympathies.

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