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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-30

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  • [01] PM confers with ND sec't
  • [02] Athens on EU stance for Kosovo

  • [01] PM confers with ND sec't

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met on Wednesday with ruling New Democracy (ND) party Secretary Lefteris Zagoritis at the Maximos Mansion (premier's office).

    Replying to press questions after the meeting, Zagoritis referred to the Costas Koukodimos case, merely noting that the Parliament group secretary (Antonis Tragakis) is responsible for the issue. "The government's position is known and specific."

    Asked if New Democracy was in a state of "electoral readiness", Zagoritis said, adding: "The new election law passed yesterday, don't confuse it with readiness."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] Athens on EU stance for Kosovo

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Wednesday stressed that Greece would not rush to make a decision regarding the future status of Kosovo but will carefully examine all parameters involved.

    At the same time, the spokesman stressed the need for a unified EU stance on what he called a "European issue par excellence".

    He clarified, however, that a unified stance did not mean imposing one point of view on other EU member-states but taking into account the concerns and misgivings of the other member-states.

    Koumoutsakos additionally stressed that it was important to take action to ensure regional stability and that this was Greece's unswerving position.

    Commenting on the upcoming presidential elections in Serbia next Sunday, the spokesman said Serbia needed to make tangible progress in its course toward the EU and said the last decision of the EU General Affairs Council indicating the desire of European leaders for Serbia to join the 'European family' was a "positive message for the Serb people".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of spokesman George Koumoutsakos.

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