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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-04

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PASOK party leader addresses event on 31st anniversary of party's founding

  • [01] PASOK party leader addresses event on 31st anniversary of party's founding

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou, addressing a party rally at an indoor stadium in the coastal district of Faliro on Saturday night, marking the 31st anniversary of the party's founding by his late father and prime minister Andreas Papandreou, said Greece is suffering at present as a result of the government's policy and accused Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis of not keeping promises he had made before the last elections. Papandreou further said the government and the prime minister have pinned the country down and are squandering the material and moral wealth of Greece for no purpose at all and are also cooperating with vested interests.

    The government, he added, is displaying an authoritarian neo-liberal attitude combined with clientele state control and is implementing a policy whose main characteristics are the lack of meritocracy, corruption and partisanship at the citizen's expense.

    Papandreou further accused the government of undermining popular achievements, placing justice under its control and of having no other plan than power for the sake of power.

    The PASOK party leader, referring to international developments affecting Greece, said that in the globalised society his party is an ally of forces placing the human being above the market. He also called on the United States to begin democratisation by decreasing their own influence over international organisations.

    Focusing on Europe, Papandreou said deeper democratisation is necessary and that PASOK aligns itself in Europe with forces seeking radical neo-liberalism as regards citizens' rights. At this point he also accused the government of allowing the far-rightists of Europe to use Greece as a symbol, with events scheduled in the southern region of Messinia, while stressing that Greece is a symbol of democracy.

    Referring to relations between Europe and Turkey and to Greece's stance, Papandreou said the ruling New Democracy party and Karamanlis are leading the country to isolation and dependence. He further said that ND is moving on a pendulum wavering between tension and retreat.

    Papandreou also directed his fire at those members of the government who claim that if Greece does not say "yes" to Turkey tension will follow, adding that as a result of its policy the government will be faced with this dilemma on a daily basis.

    Lastly, the PASOK party leader appealed to the parties of the Left in his address, calling on them to agree to an open and sincere dialogue to join their forces with the purpose of tackling the country's major problems.


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