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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-17

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  • [01] Karamanlis meets with ND's Euro-MPs
  • [02] Derailed train removed from tracks
  • [03] FM Bakoyannis briefs Papandreou
  • [04] Gov't unveils plan to promote olive oil

  • [01] Karamanlis meets with ND's Euro-MPs

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday met with his ruling New Democracy (ND) party's Euro-deputies, as talks expectedly focused on Euroepan Union issues.

    According to senior Euro-MP Yiannis Varvitsiotis, a former long-time ND deputy and minister, the Euro-deputies briefed the prime minister on issues dealing with their particular sector, while the premier referred to issues before the European Council.

    Afterwards, the premier met separately with former foreign minister Petros Molyviatis, who held the post in the first Costas Karamanlis government up until mid February 2006.

    "We discussed all issues," Molyviatis said upon exiting Karamanlis' office.

    Caption: PM Costas Karamanlis, centre, receives New Democracy's affiliated Euro-MPs at his office on Monday, April 17, 2006. ANA-MPA photo / S. Pantzartzi.

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    [02] Derailed train removed from tracks

    A truck-train collision outside the northern city of Drama on Sunday evening resulted in three fatalities -- not the previously reported four -- while 40 out of the 65 passengers aboard the Thessaloniki-Alexandropouli "intercity 92" train were injured, including two seriously.

    Meanwhile, the derailed train, a locomotive and four coaches, was removed from the tracks on Monday morning. The passenger train was heading from Thessaloniki to Alexandropouli, extreme northeastern Greece, when it was struck by the truck roughly two kilometres west of Drama's station.

    According to initial statements by the state-run Greek Railway Organisation (OSE), the driver of the truck, which was loaded with potatoes, illegally attempted to cross the intersection despite the fact that the railroad crossing bars had dropped and flashing lights had been activated. An investigation is continuing, however, as several witnesses claimed that the crossing bars fall.

    Both the driver and a lone passenger aboard the truck were among the fatalities.

    Caption: Cranes remove a derailed passenger train near the northern town of Drama on Monday, April 17, 2006. ANA-MPA photo / P. Sidiropoulos.

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    [03] FM Bakoyannis briefs Papandreou

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, a former foreign minister, on Monday in Parliament for a briefing over a variety of foreign affairs issues.

    "Political parties in Greece have common goals regarding foreign policy matters, and a full briefing and an identity of views is very significant," Bakoyannis said afterwards.

    In a brief exchange with reporters, the foreign minister responded in the negative when asked if there were any new developments regarding the "name issue" vis-a-vis the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

    The meeting comes within a framework of briefings of political party leaders begun by Bakoyannis.

    Caption: FM Dora Bakoyannis with PASOK leader and former foreign minister George Papandreou on Monday, April 17, 2006. ANA-MPA photo / P. Saitas.

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    [04] Gov't unveils plan to promote olive oil

    A five-million-euro action plan to promote Greek olive oil and olives - one of the country's best-known products -- in various international markets was unveiled on Monday by Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis, as 2006 has been declared as the "Year of Olive Oil".

    "High quality olive oil, with its special symbolism, should become a vehicle for other Greek products wishing to penetrate foreign markets, while it can also help in the promotion of Greece's tourism," Alogoskoufis said during a joint press conference with another four relevant ministers, namely, Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas, Agriculture Development and Foodstuffs Minister Evangelos Basiakos, Tourism Development Minister Fani Pali-Petralia and Deputy Foreign Minister Evripides Stylianidis.

    Caption: Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis, right, with Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas on Monday, April 17, 2006. ANA-MPA photo / M. Marogianni.

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