The "Sopranos Friendship Award 2005" has been given to composer Mikis Theodorakis and Turkish composer Zulfu Livaneli by the Greek-Turkish Medical Committee.
The Committee has been giving the award every two years since 1991 to people who have contributed to peace and to friendship between the peoples in any part of the world.
It decided this year to give the award to Mikis Theodorakis and to Zulfu Livaneli for their struggles for peaceful coexistence between the peoples of Greece and Turkey.
Theodorakis, in a letter of thanks to the Committee and its President Ankara University medical professor Sinan Becsak, refers to his joint efforts with Zulfu Livaneli from the founding of the Greek-Turkish Friendship Committees in 1986 to date, adding that he ascertains that these efforts were not in vain and expresses the wish that a better tomorrow will come for the two peoples.
Source: Athens News Agency