212. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Greece1

1449. Subject: Presidential Message. Ref: 79 State 133075.2

1. Please deliver following Presidential congratulatory message to President Karamanlis: Begin text: Dear Mr. President: I wish to extend warmest congratulations from the Government and people of the United States to you and to the people of Greece on the occasion of Greece’s formal accession to the European Community. This historic event is a demonstration of the vitality of the Community, a recognition of the role that Greece has played in the development of Western ideals, and an indication of the contribution that Greece will make to the future well-being of Europe.


Jimmy Carter. End text.3

2. There will be no signed original. No release intended, but no objection if recipient wishes to do so.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D810004–0679. Limited Official Use; Niact Immediate. Drafted by Eleanore M. Raven (CA/VO); cleared by Ward Barmon (EUR/RPE), Ewing, Larrabee, L. Paul Bremer (S/S), Robert L. Pugh (EUR/SE), and James E. Taylor (S/S–O); approved by Vest. Sent for information to Brussels.
  2. Telegram 133075 to Athens, May 25, 1979, is in the National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D790237–0274.
  3. In telegram 6532 to Athens, January 10, the Department relayed Karamanlis’ appreciation for Carter’s message. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D810013–0971)