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> Commemoration Of Ottoman Naval Defeat
post Aug 7 2007, 11:47 PM
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Deputy finance minister Petros Doukas represented the government on Monday at the culmination of thre-day events on Samos commemorating the 183rd anniversary of the naval battle of Mykali where, on August 5, 1824, during the Greek Revolution, the Greek fleet under the command of Georgios Sahtouris defeated the Ottoman fleet led by Hosref.

"In the Naval Battle of Mykali, we proved what we Greeks can do when we are united and have common goals. The state owes gratitude...to those who took part in that battle. We thank them and appreciate them," Doukas said after the anniversary events in Pythagorio municipality.

While on Samos, Doukas met with the prefectural leadership, and discussed matters concerning the islands of Samos, Ikaria and Fournoi.

Doukas reiterated that "these next four years will be the years of the periphery", noting the government's decision that 80 percent of the approximately 21 billion euro from the EU earmarked for Greece in the 4th Programming Period (2007-2013) will be channeled to the periphery, and adding that Samos "is one of our priorities".

Samos "has immense developmental prospects, and we want to assist in that effort," he said.

The commemorative events commenced on Saturday evening with a youth concert and continued on Sunday with a re-enactment of the Naval Battle of Mykali and the burning of the Turkish fleet's flagship and on Monday with the laying of wreaths at the statue of Lycurgos Logothetis, while they will culminate on Monday night with a festival and live music at the Pythagorio port.

Mykali, in the Samos Strait, was also the site of ΤέλοςφόρμαςΑρχήφόρμαςthe final major clash between the Greeks and the Persians in 479 B.C., with the Greeks emerging victorious in naval and infantry battle, thus putting an end to the Persian efforts to expand towards the West and dominate the Mediteranean.

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