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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-26

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

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  • [01] Greek minister briefed on ethnic Greek issues during visit to Georgia
  • [02] PASOK preparing 'alternative path' for local government, main opposition leader says

  • [01] Greek minister briefed on ethnic Greek issues during visit to Georgia

    Deputy Foreign Minister for expatriate affairs Panagiotis Skandalakis, who is currently on a two-day visit to Georgia, was briefed on issues affecting Georgia's ethnic Greek communities by his Georgian counterpart Konstantine Kavtaradze on Monday. They also discussed affairs concerning repatriated Greeks from Georgia and Georgia's prospects of joining the EU and NATO.

    After the meeting, Skandalakis stressed Athens' support for Georgia's territorial integrity and said that the only way to resolve the problems was through dialogue, not through violence.

    He said they had also discussed the situation of ethnic Greeks in Calka, and underlined the need for cooperation to ensure that their presence in Georgia was both safer and more constructive.

    "The Greeks of Calka are moving away and have to be supported to remain in their homes," he added.

    The Greek communities in Calka had been the target of racist violence earlier in the year, which had resulted in at least one death.

    [02] PASOK preparing 'alternative path' for local government, main opposition leader says

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Monday said his party was preparing an "alternative path" for local government. Papandreou was speaking shortly before the party's Election Procedures Committee convened for a meeting.

    "Our goal is to provide a new proposal for local government," he said, while stressing that there was also an "alternative path" for PASOK, one of radical change that showed respect for people and valued citizens.

    Papandreou said that the candidates for municipal and prefecture elections would be chosen for ability and integrity, through a process of consultation with society and procedures that were fully democratic and transparent.

    He also stressed that an effort would be made to choose young people that would be able to cope with the rapid changes that will be involved.

    The party's elections committee will decide on the procedures by which PASOK will assess and choose candidates, while PASOK's National Council will convene on Friday and Saturday to decide the political framework for local government.


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