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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-16

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis to address ND pre-Congress on Crete
  • [02] Med-Black Sea cooperation stressed by deputy FM
  • [03] Vartholomeos visits Archbishop in Athens hospital

  • [01] PM Karamanlis to address ND pre-Congress on Crete

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis arrived in Crete on Saturday, where he was due to visit the Heraklion-Messara axis roadworks later in the afternoon. Karamanlis is in Crete to address his ruling New Democracy party's (ND) local pre-Congress on Sunday. The premier was further scheduled to visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and the Cretaquarium, an immense aquarium museum on Mediterranean marine life.

    [02] Med-Black Sea cooperation stressed by deputy FM

    Deputy foreign minister Yannis Valinakis was the main speaker at a conference on "Security issues in the wider Mediterranean and Black Sea region" organised on the island of Rhodes by the Aegean University's Department of Mediterranean Studies and the International Centre for Black Sea Studies.

    Valinakis called the selection of Rhodes as the venue for such a conference as "ideal", noting the Aegean's role as a hub that unites the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.

    Although the Mediterranean and the Black Sea were two distinct areas, geographically and also, to a degree, politically, they nevertheless faced many common challenges, the deputy minister said.

    He noted that new issues have been added today to the issues remaining from the past, thus rendering the need for cooperation among the countries of the wider region more necesssary than ever.

    "We are living in an age in which the changes are direct and deep-rooted. Globalisation comprises a synthesis of challenges and opportunities. Confrontation of international terrorism, the peaceful resolution of differences, the advancement of democracy and equal opportunities for development, protection of the environment, the management of illegal migration, safe energy supply, all constitute the main elements of the new globalised reality," Valinakis said, adding that their management required political extroversion and cooperation among the countries of the region at both bilateral and multilateral level, and particularly in the framework of regional cooperation.

    "In this new environment of challenges, but also opportunities, of the 21st century, the building of institutional channels of dialogue and cooperation is the only way to ensure a common future of prosperity for all the countries of the region," the deputy minister said, explaining that "we, the peoples of the wider region, are obliged to meet the opportunities but also face the insecurities of the new environment, not each one separately, but all together".

    At the same time, he continued, it was equally important that this cooperation be founded on mutual understanding and respect of differentness".

    The Black Sea region was a priority of Greece's foreign policy, Valinakis said, "given the interdependence between security and economic cooperation", adding that Greece's priority "is to advance and strengthen the relations in the economic sector, the energy sector, in transports and tourism".

    "We consider that the European Union could play a substantive role regarding the development of the wider region of the Black Sea and the consolidation of prosperity and security," Valinakis concluded.

    [03] Vartholomeos visits Archbishop in Athens hospital

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos made a lightning trip to Athens on Saturday, to visit hospitalised Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece, who is recuperating at an Athens hospital following intestinal surgery this past week.

    Vartholomeos' visit with Christodoulos lasted half an hour at the Aretaion Hospital, and the Ecumenical Patriarch told reporters afterwards that the Archbishop's morale was high, and that he had been in good spirits. He added that they had even discussed ecclesiastical affairs.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch further said that he had spoken with Christodoulos' attending physicians, who he said were optimistic, and stressed that he entrusted the Archbishop to God's hands, expressing hope that they would meet again soon, under better circumstances.

    Vartholomeos, who was accompanied to the hospital by Ecumenical Patriarchate and Church of Greece officials and education and religious affairs minister Marietta Yannakou, also planned to visit his sister before departing later Saturday for his return to Istanbul.

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