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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-04

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  • [01] Call for 'victory' as PASOK anniversary marked
  • [02] Deputy FM meets with S. Africa Heritage Council delegation
  • [03] King Tut exhibition at Thessaloniki Fair
  • [04] Inverview: LAOS spokesman
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Call for 'victory' as PASOK anniversary marked

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addressed a party rally in the Athens district of Thisio on Thursday evening, marking the 35th anniversary of PASOK's founding, during which he called for victory with a self-sufficient Parliamentary majority in the national elections due to take place on October 4.

    Papandreou said that "our faith in Greece which is creative, gave birth to our (Panhellenic Socialist) Movement in 1974 and things came in such a way that today, on this symbolic day for all of us we are once again sounding an awakening bell for all the creative forces of the country that thirst to see this country progressing and playing a leading role once again, that toil for a better tomorrow, that cannot tolerate to see the wealth of our country being appropiated by a few, powerful and 'our guys'."

    The PASOK leader added that "I am appealing today to this big and creative majority of our society, sending a clear message of awakening that now is the time for us to set a course of creation and contribution since Greece cannot wait" and stressed that "the sun of hope will rise again on October 4."

    He further pointed out that "two parties are not merely confronting each other in these elections, but two completely different worlds and two different options for the homeland."

    Papandreou said that the one conception led Greece to experiencing its deepest crisis from the time of the restoration of democracy in 1974, while PASOK represents a period of creation for the country, "based on values and principles of justice".

    "They believe that victory in the elections gives them rights. We know that victory in the elections fills us with responsibilities. And whoever does not realise this has no place in my government," he further said.

    Referring to the ruling New Democracy party, without mentioning the party's name or the prime minister's name, he said that "they are avoiding battle, collapsing under the weight of the deadlocks that they themselves and their policies created."

    "I envisage what is self-evident: A fair tax system, a new redistribution in which all of us will pay the share corresponding to us fairly, but we shall know at the same time that our taxes are meaningful," Papandreou stressed.

    The PASOK leader also said that he will be presenting the National Recovery plan at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) and added that "just like in 1981 and in 1993 we are not afraid of the challenge of governance."

    [02] Deputy FM meets with S. Africa Heritage Council delegation

    Deputy foreign minister Theodoros Kassimis on Friday met with a visiting three-member delegation of South Africa's Heritage Council, which is in Athens to discuss practical steps aimed at promoting bilateral cultural relations.

    The delegation members expressed their utmost satisfaction with the scheduled contacts arranged by the Foreign Ministry in association with the South African Embassy in Athens.

    On his part, Kassimis assured them of Greeceās readiness to respond to their proposals, underlining the importance attributed by both countries to the return of major cultural items located outside of Greeceās borders

    [03] King Tut exhibition at Thessaloniki Fair

    A small "taste" of the priceless treasures of Tutankhamun's unique tomb can be seen by visitors at the exhibition of the KING TUT Museum, that is already being set up on the premises of pavilion 5 at the 74th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).

    Tutankhamun's name is bound by myths and legends throughout the centuries, since his passing from earth may have been short, but his premature death and, centuries later, the discovery of his tomb gave him eternal fame.

    Tutankhamun, the 'boy king' ruled for only nine years in Ancient Egypt and when he hardly had time to become an adult he died and his fame did as well, until he was "reborn" about three thousand years later when his tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter.

    [04] Inverview: LAOS spokesman

    The Greek people are at the end of their tolerance, Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) spokesman Costas Aivaliotis said in an exclusive interview with ANA-MPA, adding that what was important was not a strong mandate, but who the mandate goes to.

    Aivaliotis added that he did not believe a self-sufficient government will emerge from the October 4 early general elections.

    He further said that ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK cadres were "parading through the LAOS headquarters", adding that 'surprises' should be expected.

    Asked whether LAOS would collaborate in the formation of a coalition government, Aivaliotis rplied that "in a democracy, there are no impasses".

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The political parties' preparations for the snap general elections that have been set for October 4 dominated the front-page headlines in Friday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "All together in the (elections) battle - The picture at (Thursday's) Cabinet meeting was encouraging".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Why Karamanlis (should be re-elected) - Editorial".

    AVGHI: "Outlet to the Left - Karamanlis and Papandreou (main opposition PASOK leader) hiding their 'morning after' agendas and rigging pre-electoral 'theater' on TV".

    AVRIANI: "Government of broad acceptance in order to avert bankruptcy - Cry of despair from the commerce sector".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "A PASOK return to power is a nightmare for the (ruling ND) rank and file) - The only hope for ND is rallying of its voters".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Civil strife in ND over the elections, as Karamanlis asks that no one loses their nerve".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Heavy climate in ND - 'United' in the Waterloo".

    ESTIA: "The danger of the country being left ungoverned - Limited possibilities of self-sufficient majority".

    ETHNOS: "Resounding withdrawal by Liapis (ND minister and MP, and a cousin of Karamanlis, who announced he would not run for parliament in the Oct. 4 elections), with warning of crushing defeat".

    KATHIMERINI: "Quandaries and low profiles - Karamanlis' and Papandreou's strategies for the elections - New internal front in ND with Liapis".

    LOGOS: "The proclamation of early elections with the national interest as the criterion".

    NIKI: "Voice of the people (referring to PASOK's rally at the Thissio in Athens on Thursday night)".

    PARASKEVI+13 (weekly): "Responsible decision, with high risk - Elections on October 4 - Test for the entire political system".

    PARASKINIO (weekly): "He did not abide by any of the recommendations (from his cadres) - Karamanlis took the entire burden upon himself and decided (early) elections".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Action for a stronger KKE".

    SFINA (weekly): "Who he's cutting from the candidate lists - Karamanlis' personal wager and the 'morning after' for ND".

    TA NEA: "Cousin 'fratricide' and dissolution in ND - Campaign premiere with backstabbings".

    TO VIMA: "Bits and pieces - Wave of defeatism dissolving ND - Unrest in the party organisations, disappointment with MPs and cadres".

    VRADYNI: "He (Karamanlis) cast off the weights - On to the battle, with self-confidence and 'clean' candidate tickets".

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