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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-07

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  • [01] PASOK spokesman on foreign policy issues
  • [02] Papoulias to visit Sparta, Tegea

  • [01] PASOK spokesman on foreign policy issues

    PASOK spokesman on FYROM issue

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement Movement (PASOK) spokesman Petros Efthymiou on Thursday responded to reporters‚ questions regarding the upcoming visit to Albania by US President George W. Bush.

    ?The government was not aware from the start how one actively and effectively defends national issues and is constantly taken by surprise and unfavorable alliances are formed,? Efthymiou said.

    Efthymiou added that ?we defend, in all the international forums and PASOK president (George Papandreou) in his capacity also as president of Socialist International (SI), the Greek positions and we notify everywhere that everyone must take into account the Greek positions and not create additional burdens and cultivate the intransigence of Skopje with its options.?

    Asked to comment on the position of the president of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) that his country accepts to enter NATO ?with its temporary name? and ?whether the government has henceforth margins, after this maneuver, to react to FYROM entering NATO,? the PASOK spokesman replied that ?the difference between the (ruling) New Democracy (ND) party and PASOK is referred to the real field of politics. The PASOK government shaped in advance the alliances which were positive for the country.?

    [02] Papoulias to visit Sparta, Tegea

    Greek President Karolos Papoulias is due to visit Sparta, extreme southern Greece, on Friday, where he will officially declare the opening of the 2nd international conference on sports administrations organised by the Human Movement and Quality of Life School at the University of the Peloponnese.

    Papoulias will arrive in Sparta by helicopter on Friday afternoon and visit the "Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum" at 19:00. At 20:00 he will attend the opening of the conference at the Sainopoulos amphitheatre in the town.

    On Saturday morning, he will leave Sparta and travel to the village of Kerasitsa in the Tegea district for the unveiling of a bust of slain peace activist Grigoris Lambrakis, whose 1963 assassination inspired the Costa-Gavras' film "Z" (1969).

    ANA-MPA file photo of Papoulias.

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