Minister celebrates Greek independence in NY

Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis shakes hands with a horseman dressed as Theodoros Kolokotronis, a hero of Greece’s fight for independence from the Turks, during an annual parade in New York City, a few weeks after the March 21 celebrations in Greece marking the 1821 spark of revolution. In Washington yesterday, Meimarakis complained to his US counterpart Robert Gates about an increase in Turkish violations in Greek air space over the Aegean.