17 August, 2005
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, among others, on Tuesday sent condolences to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis over the air tragedy which occurred northeast of Athens at noon on Sunday.
The British European Union presidency in an announcement on Tuesday expressed its grief over Sunday's plane crash northeast of Athens of a private Cypriot airline.
"Britain, as president of the European Union, expresses its deep grief over the tragic loss of so many human lives during the crash of the aircraft of the company 'Helios' near Athens. The Presidency extends its sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the accident," the announcement said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder were the latest world leaders on Tuesday to send their condolences to their Greek counterparts over the crash of a Cypriot airliner north of Athens late Sunday morning.
German President Horst Koeller also sent his condolences to Greek President Karolos Papoulias.
Putin's condolences were conveyed to Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis by the Russian ambassador to Athens, who visited the former at the foreign ministry.
Similar condolences were conveyed to the ministry by the FMs of Germany and Turkey, Joschka Fischer and Abdullah Gul, respectively.
Source: Athens News Agency