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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-30

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  • [01] Socialist International Congress opens in Lagonissi
  • [02] KKE leader on immigrant rights

  • [01] Socialist International Congress opens in Lagonissi

    The Socialist International (SI) annual Congress opened in the coastal resort town of Lagonissi, southeast of Athens, on Monday morning, with the participation of 650 representatives of 140 parties from approximately 100 countries throughout the world, among them 55 leaders of socialist and social-democrat parties and some 25 senior government officials.

    The main themes of discussion at the three-day 23rd SI Congress are climate change, the need for global democratic governance, world economic growth, the migration, peace and the resolution of conflicts, the food crisis, and the worldwide social democratic movement.

    The Congress is also slated to re-elect George Papandreou, head of Greece's main opposition PASOK party, to the SI presidency for a second consecutive term.

    On Saturday, SI president and PASOK leader Papandreou inaugurated the 19th congress of the Women's SI in nearby Sounio.

    "Together we will make the world more just ... people around the world are facing a dilemma, whether to create a culture of peace or to enter a period of ruthless violence," Papandreou told delegates of socialist parties from around the world.

    "We need you to take initiatives and create a new international culture. You will have our unreserved support. If the global problems aren't solved in a peaceful and democratic manner, climate change, the food shortages, a disparity in wealth, corruption, war and a muzzling of human rights will lead to violence, racism and xenophobia," Papandreou said.

    He emphasised the adoption of an ethical code to protect women during wars and clashes from rape and violence.

    "Humanity can solve the major problems but a inviolable rule for that is the political will and the creation of a culture of peace, in which women have lot to give, because they are the ones who suffer mostly from violence ... If women were allowed to rule the world, peace would prevail in the Middle East and the world will have more sensitivity," he concluded

    Caption: Socialist International president and main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou at his address at the 19th congress of the Women's Socialist International on Sat. 27 June 2008 at Sounion a seaside resort southeast of Athens. (ANA-MPA/K. Mavrona)

    [02] KKE leader on immigrant rights

    The Communisty Party of Greece ((KKE) will not tolerate the exploitation of workers and immigrants by employers, KKE leader Aleka Papariga stressed on Sunday night, addressing an event in Athens in the framework of three-day festivities marking the party‚s 90th anniversary.

    Papariga stressed that KKE will support the workers‚ demands and called for broad cooperation mainly on behalf of immigrants to ensure that their rights will not be violated.

    Referring to the party‚s positions, Papariga stressed the need for measures that will ensure equal treatment of foreign and domestic workers, improve living conditions, and provide education for immigrant children that will facilitate their integration into the Greek society while maintaining their countries‚ traditions.

    Caption: KKE leader Aleka Papariga. (ANA-MPA)

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