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150th Anniversary of the unification of Ionian Islands with Greece

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The British Ambassador John Kittmer on Corfu for the 150th Anniversary of the unification of Ionian Islands with Greece

The British Ambassador visited Corfu representing the UK at the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Ionian Islands with Greece.

On Tuesday 20 May he spoke at the Palace of St Michael and St George and later in the evening he gave a speech (PDF, 106KB, 15 pages) at the Corfu Reading Society on the history of the unification and current bilateral relations

On Wednesday 21 May John Kittmer joined Greek Government representatives and local authorities officials in the celebrations.

On the occasion John Kittmer said:

It is great pleasure to be once again on the island of Corfu once again, representing the UK at the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of unification of Ionian Islands with Greece.

The passing of the Islands from British control and their unification with Greece happened in a spirit of dialogue and negotiation, without civil or military strife. This warmth has continued to characterize the relations between Britain and the Islands. The strong ties that bind us are evident in the British legacy on the islands and in the love that so many British tourists and residents have for the islands and their people.