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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-20

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  • [01] Prime minister to spend Easter on Tinos
  • [02] US State Sec't to visit Athens end of April
  • [03] Schinoussa villa antiquities transferred to Athens

  • [01] Prime minister to spend Easter on Tinos

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will depart for the Cyclades island of Tinos on Thursday as Orthodox Easter week winds down towards Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday in the predominately Eastern Orthodox nation of 11 million. The Easter programme for the other political party leaders was also announced.

    On Good Friday, the prime minister will attend mass at the island's renowned Cathedral, dedicated to the Madonna and then the late Saturday night resurrection service at the Kechrovounio Monastery. On Easter Sunday, he will board the Hellenic Navy cruiser ?Kanaris? docked at the port of Tinos.

    The prime minister will return to Athens on Tuesday to preside over an Inner Cabinet meeting focusing on a ministry of state-sponsored draft bill regarding mass media concentration and the long-standing issue of permanent nationwide broadcast licenses.

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou will spend Good Friday and Holy Saturday on the island of Paros, while on Easter Sunday he will visit the airport at Dekeleia.

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga will not be in the country over the Easter weekend, having departed on a visit to China and North Korea until April 27.

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology leader Alekos Alavanos will also be spending Easter on Tinos, from where his family originates, attending the Good Friday procession in Tinos harbour and the midnight resurrection mass at the Cathedral Taxiarchis. On Sunday, Alavanos is scheduled to visit the island's old people's home.

    The Coalition party will be represented at official celebrations by the Armed Forces by MP Thanassis Levendis at Dekeleia Airport and Political Bureau member Panos Trigazis at the Special Forces Training Centre at Nea Peramos.

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    [02] US State Sec't to visit Athens end of April

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be visiting Ankara, Athens and Sofia, where she will take part in the NATO foreign ministers meeting, from April 24-28, the State Department announced in Washington on Thursday.

    According to US officials, Rice is to visit Ankara then Athens for a few hours. However, the details of her visit to Athens have not been finalised, officials said.

    In Athens, Rice is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.

    She may meet main opposition PASOK President George Papandreou if time permits.

    Talks with Greek officials are expected to cover Iran's nuclear programme (which will also be discussed on April 28, by the UN Security Council of which Greece is currently a non-permanent member), the possible next steps regarding the Cyprus issue, the future of Kosovo and the situation in the Balkans in general, Turkey's EU accession course and the positions of Greece and Cyprus in the matter, Greece's role in the rapprochement effort with Muslim countries, and Greece's participation in the transfer of energy sources to the West.

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    [03] Schinoussa villa antiquities transferred to Athens

    The unregistered antiquities discovered within a luxury villa on the island of Schinoussa were boxed and transferred to Athens on Thursday and are now housed at the National Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum in the city. Authorities said the items would remain at the two museums until their place of origin can be traced.

    Between them, the museums received some 27 ancient artifacts and a total of 15 boxes, including the headless marble torso of a statue of Aphrodite that archaeologists hope will be a Roman-era copy of the famous statue by Praxiteles.

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