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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-27

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  • [01] Athens mayor holds talks with Chinese FM
  • [02] Panathinaikos Athens beats Werder Bremen 2-1 in Champions League match

  • [01] Athens mayor holds talks with Chinese FM

    Athens Mayor Dora Baloyiannis, continuing her official visit to China, on Tuesday met with Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, an old and good friend of Greece and admirer of the ancient Greek civilisation.

    Asked whether there is a possibility of the UN Security Council examining some new initiative soon regarding a solution to the issue of Cyprus, the Chinese minister said that China, being a permanent Security Council member, always respects its relevant resolutions and "we shall continue to play a constructive role on this issue."

    Li added that Cyprus is a good friend of China and expressed the wish that a rational solution to the issue of Cyprus will be found as soon as possible and the people there will have a prospering life. He further said that relations between the two peoples are very good.

    The Chinese foreign minister spoke enthusiastically about the successful holding of the Athens Olympic Games, expressing the satisfaction of all the Chinese over this outcome, since relations between the two peoples are "lost in the depths of the centuries".

    He also said that the fact that for two continuous times the Olympic Games are being carried out in cities having such friendly feelings for each other is a fortunate conjuncture.

    Bakoyiannis stressed the need of a strong cultural presence of Greece in Beijing in the near future, an aim which is made easier by the proclamation of 2008 as "The year of Greece" in China.

    Referring to the very good level of bilateral relations between the two countries and to possibilities of further development, Bakoyiannis said that the opening of an air link between Beijing and Athens would be of help, since many businessmen on both sides travel frequently.

    The Athens municipality's delegation also visited a part of the Olympic facilities, where the Olympic Stadium under construction and the swimming pool are located, and was informed that projects will be completed at the end of 2007 to allow time for necessary testing.

    In her meeting afterwards with the president of the "Beijing 2008" Organising Committee, secretary of the Communist Party of Beijing's Central Committee and former mayor of the city, Liu Qi, Bakoyiannis expressed her conviction that Beijing will organise very successful Olympic Games and placed the municiplaity of Athens at the disposal of organisers for any help they might need.

    [02] Panathinaikos Athens beats Werder Bremen 2-1 in Champions League match

    Panathinaikos Athens beat Werder Bremen of Germany 2-1 in a Champions League Group C match played at the Athens Olympic stadium on Tuesday night.

    Panathinaikos went into the lead in the 6th minute with a penalty by Ezequiel Gonzalez and Vaggelis Mantzios scored a second goal two minutes later, while Miroslav Klose scored for Werder in the 41st minute.

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