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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-03

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis briefed PM Costas Karamanlis
  • [02] Papandreou chairs party's co-ordinating body
  • [03] Communist party leader Papariga press conference

  • [01] Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis briefed PM Costas Karamanlis

    Karamanlis briefed by FM Bakoyannis Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was briefed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Thursday at his Maximos Mansion office in Athens.After the meeting, Bakoyiannis referred to the prime minister's formal visit to Turkey stressing that it is scheduled and the date will be announced.Regarding the Zachopoulos affair and if it affects the political climate, Bakoyiannis refused to make any comments adding that only the Greek Justice can shed light on the issue.

    Afterwards, Karamanlis was due to receive Employment and Social Insurances Minister Fani Palli-Petralia.

    One day earlier, the Prime Minister reiterated that he is determined to proceed with necessary reforms for the country, speaking during a reception by the Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    "During a difficult and fluid international juncture, the Greek economy is on the right course, indicating that it has a strong growth rate allowing us to confront any challenges."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis(R) and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis (L)

    [02] Papandreou chairs party's co-ordinating body

    Main opposition PASOK Political Coordinating Body meets Thursday in Athens chaired by party leader George Papandreou. Meanwhile, Louka Katseli, responsible for the PASOK party economy sector, stated that recent figures on the state budget implementation in the January-November 2007 eleven-month period overturn the government's arguments on alleged fiscal reform and confirm PASOK's assessments expressed in the recent debate held in parliament on the 2008 state budget. <font size="3" face="Verdana">

    [03] Communist party leader Papariga press conference

    Greek Communist Party (KKE) Central Committee General Secretary Aleka Papariga characterized developments in the wider Middle East region as very serious, stressing that the launch of a pan-Arab popular struggle is necessary to prevent the Arab and the wider region countries from becoming victims of the competition in which the big powers are engaged over the region's oil deposits. Papariga made the comments in a press conference she gave on Thursday in the party headquarters in Perissos on the occasion of the meeting of fourteen communist and labor parties from the Middle East, south and east Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Gulf region to take place in Athens during the January 5-6 weekend. Referring to the latest developments in the Palestinian issue, Papariga said that it is now in the hands of the US President who promotes the creation of a new state without borders. Papariga also referred to the autonomous status of Baluchistan, the Turkish invasion of northern Iraq, the isolation of Syria, the continuing crisis in Lebanon and the Cyprus issue. On the imminent visit of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to Ankara, Papariga expressed the view that it should not take place considering the recent Turkish violations in the Aegean. On the situation in Kosovo, she stated that the imminent independence of Kosovo could ignite the southern Balkan region, stressing that FYROM will be directly affected while questions are raised over the policy Albania will choose to <font size="3" face="Verdana">follow.
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