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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-19

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  • [01] Governments of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus want resumed UN effort
  • [02] IMF conclusions on Greek economy presented to FinMin
  • [03] Warplanes from 19 countries participate at 'Archangel '05' air show

  • [01] Governments of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus want resumed UN effort

    New York (ANA/P. Panagiotou) -- The governments of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, as well as the United States, want the UN secretary general to resume Cyprus reunification efforts, with a new process, according to diplomatic sources at the UN.

    According to the sources, following the various meetings that took place in the past few days on the sidelines of the UN's 60th General Assembly/world summit, all the sides involved are calling for action on the issue of Cyprus, but at the same time appear to disagree as to who and under what conditions a new initiative could be launched.

    Cyprus president Tassos Papadopoulos, during a press conference on Sunday in New York following his address to the General Assembly, said he was awaiting some move on the party of UN chief Kofi Annan in the near future, in the framework of the secretary geheral's efforts for a Cyprus solution.

    Papadopoulos said that "any initiative must be prepared correctly, aimed at its successful outcome", adding that "any time margins that may prospectively arise during a new initiative should be determined by the negotiations themselves and the progress possibly achieved, and not on outside factors", and reiterating that any new effort must be well prepared.

    Greece's foreign minister Petros Molyviatis, following his sidelines meeting Sunday with Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, said that, with respect to the Cyprus issue, they had discussed "the prospects on the horizon for the possible reactivation of the secretary general's efforts for finding a solution".

    Molyviatis said that Gul, in turn, had expressed "our joint support to the UN Secretary General for seeking a solution to the Cyprus problem", adding that "we agreed to continue".

    US deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Matthew Bryza, who visited Athens two weeks ago, in statements to reporters after Molyviatis' meeting with US undersecretary of state for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns on Sunday expressed the US's full support for the secretary general's efforts, noting the "necessity" for continatuation of the UN's role on the issue of Cyprus.

    [02] IMF conclusions on Greek economy presented to FinMin

    The conclusions of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) report on the Greek economy were presented Monday to national economy and finance minister George Alogoskoufis by an IMF delegation, which was in Greece for 10 days of meetings with ministry officials, senior officials of several other ministries, the Bank of Greece, and other banks, in order to collate data for the report on the state of the Greek economy and its prospects.

    The full text of the report will be made public in November.

    Meanwhile, Alogoskoufis leaves on Wednesday for the US, where he will atted the IMF annual meeting.

    [03] Warplanes from 19 countries participate at 'Archangel '05' air show

    A record number of military planes from 19 countries joined the Hellenic Air Force on Sunday in an international air show, "Archangel 2005", held at the Tanagra airbase, north of Athens.

    Among the dignitaries at the exhibition was President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, who was briefed on the air force's readiness and combat capability.

    Highlights of the air show included simulated bombing runs and evasion by Greek F-16 fighters, a pilot rescue exercise involving two "Super Puma" helicopters, a flyover by a Euro-fighter "Typhoon" and a vertical take-off, landing and mid-air hovering by a British-made Harrier jet.

    The air show was considered a major success, with an estimated 200,000 spectators showing up for the event.

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