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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-31

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  • [01] Ankara denies report on Halki
  • [02] PPC on natgas strategy

  • [01] Ankara denies report on Halki

    A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman in Ankara on Thursday denied a recent local press report claiming that the Turkish government has promised to allow the reopening of the Halki School of Theology, the Ecumenical Patriarchate's official seminary, which remains closed after being shut down by a Turkish government in 1971.

    According to a report in the Turkish mass daily "Hurriyet" last Tuesday, the Turkish government made the promise to the reopen the seminary to visiting Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis last week, noting that a relevant document had been conveyed to Turkey's military leaders.

    The spokesman on Thursday merely noted that "it is well known that minorities in the two countries are amongst the major issues on the agenda (of talks) between Greece and Turkey".

    He added that the "prospects" for allowing the reopening of the seminary are being "examined" by Turkey's higher education council and the education ministry, "but at present there has been no decision".

    Caption: A file photo shows the exterior of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. ANA-MPA / D. Panagos.

    [02] PPC on natgas strategy

    Public Power Corp., Greece's state-run power utility, on Thursday categorically dismissed press reports that it was examining a plan to contribute its option to buy 30 percent of natural gas utility DEPA in a joint venture with Germany's RWE.

    In a statement to the press, PPC said it has publicised its decision to begin activities in the natural gas sector as it was the largest natural gas consumer in the country. As part of a strategic plan, PPC said it has decided to acquire 30 percent of shares in DEPA and underlined that the utility would examine alternative plans only if the transaction was not carried out.

    PPC also said a memorandum of cooperation signed with RWE envisages, among others, examining ways to promote cooperation in the natural gas sector as the German enterprise is heavily involved in both electricity production and natural gas energy production.

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