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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-23

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  • [01] Papandreou visits Kozani, says ND's "cycle is ended"
  • [02] Papariga in Litohoro, Katerini

  • [01] Papandreou visits Kozani, says ND's "cycle is ended"

    The cycle of the ruling New Democracy party was coming to a close, main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou said on Saturday, while visiting a peach farmers cooperative in Velvendos, Kozani. PASOK's leader arrived in Kozani on the second day of a tour that will span northern Greece from west to east, following the Egnatia Motorway to Evros.

    He accused the government of working "side by side with cartels and middle-men, while setting itself against farmers and livestock breeders," and said the government's policy had food prices "soaring on the shelf while plummeting in the field".

    Papandreou also accused Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, personally, of having lied to farmers before the elections in 2004 and then forgotten his promises.

    The main opposition leader was also critical of the new developmental law introduced by the government for downgrading the second category of developmental incentives, stressing that no one believes the government any more because "they can only deliver insecurity and false promises".

    Papandreou promised to stand by farmers' in the struggle once he became prime minister.

    PASOK's leader began the second day of his tour in a village in the municipality of Gorgiani, where local inhabitants greeted enthusiastically.

    In his address at Gorgiani, Papandreou promised to implement the party's programme "to the letter" while stressing that he was not making impossible promises.

    He promised to take money from the rich and distribute it among the poor, since the ND government had made the rich richer and poor poorer.

    "But the electorate will withdraw its signature at the next election," he added, slamming the government over the bonds and pension fund affair, among others.

    Another issue stressed by Papandreou was the need to redress the injustice done to regional areas, at whose expense the capital was developing.

    On route to Velvendo, PASOK's leader also stopped at the bridge over the Grevenitis River on the Egnatia Motorway, which was recently opened for use. In a brief statement, he stressed the importance of the Egnatia Motorway project and said that this was the guarantee of PASOK's reliability.

    CAPTION: Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou at Nea Gefyra in Grevena during his four-day tour of northern Greek regions along the route of the Egnatia motorway on Saturday, 23 June 2007.

    [02] Papariga in Litohoro, Katerini

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga visited the town of Litohoro on Saturday, where she took part in a women's meeting. She then travelled to Katerini, where she held a press conference referring to the EU summit being held to strike a deal for a new European Constitutional Treaty.

    Papariga said that the negotiations and arguments were not taking place in order to defend the interests of the people but to determine how the rich in each country would "share the pie". The problems of the populace remain outside the discussion, she noted and predicted that as long as the EU continued to enlarge, fugicentral powers and temporary alliances would increase.

    According to KKE's leader, this "false friendship" and internal competition should be used by the popular classes. Peoples and governments do not have common interests, she concluded.

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