PM TOURS NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday toured the New Acropolis Museum a month before Greece's newest and state-of-the-art museum opens to the public some 400 metres beneath the Acropolis Hill.

"We are in the final stretch towards the official inauguration," Karamanlis told reporters following his tour with Culture Minister Antonis Samaras.

"To the millions of people expected to visit the Acropolis and the new museum every year we are sending out the message that modern Greeks, in practice and with specific works, are honoring our history and civilisation," the premier said, stressing that Hellenic culture remains one of the most significant cornerstones of world civilisation.

Karamanlis was also accompanied by New Acropolis Museum's director, Prof. Dimitris Pantermalis, and the head of the prime minister's press office, Yiannis Andrianos.