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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-08

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

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  • [01] PASOK cadres criticise gov't policy

  • [01] PASOK cadres criticise gov't policy

    Former parliament president and current MP of the main opposition PASOK party Apostolos Kaklamanis, in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday, said that the New Democracy (ND) government would not go down in history as simply a "right-wing interval" but as "one of the worst memories in the more recent political history of our country" if it carried on as it was doing now, while PASOK state MP Anna Diamantopoulou said the ND government would leave behind serious developmental and social deficits.

    In an interview with Eleftherotypia appearing in the newspaper's Sunday edition, Kaklamanis accused the government of arrogance.

    Questioned on the reform of the constitution proposed by the government, Kaklamanis said he believed that prime minister Costas karamanlis was hoping to cover his government's failures and ensure a pretext for early general elections by citing the requirement of electing a revisionary parliament to carry out the constitutional revision. He anticipated that early general elections would be called in the spring or autumn of 2006.

    On foreign policy, he said that the government had unfortunately accepted for Greece the role of a 'bit actor' and 'good kid'.

    More particularly on the Cyprus issue, Kaklamanis anticipated mobility, but "for the worse", such as "the recognition by the EU Council of Ministers the right of veto by Turkey to Cyprus' accession to international organisations" and the "recent decision of the Council of Europe's Court of Human Rights, which recognises a regulatory role to Turkey on the Greek Cypriots' properties in the occupied sector of Cyprus".

    In an interview with Ethnos appearing in the newspaper's Sunday edition, Diamantopoulou said ND would leave behind serious developmental and social deficits, while its economic policy would be of a 'collecting' nature in 2007 as well.

    Diamantopoulou, who is responsible for developmental issues in PASOK's Political Council, said that constitutional revision which a supreme parliamentary process 'that cannot be treated as public relations fireworks".

    She conceded, however, that in the previous revision certain substantial problems were not touched on, while other issues proved to be problematic despite the wide consensus.

    On the prospect of early general elections, she said such a move would be a risk for the government, adding that she did not believe Karamanlis would take such a risk.


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