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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-30

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  • [01] PM: We told citizens the whole truth
  • [02] Papandreou : We shall give oxygen to economy
  • [03] FM Bakoyannis statement conveyed to UN General Assembly
  • [04] New museum for Pella archaeological site
  • [05] SYRIZA rally in Athens
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: We told citizens the whole truth

    Prime Minister and ruling New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis addressed a rally in the city of Livadia on Tuesday night, in light of Sunday's general elections, calling on citizens to take developments into their own hands and not to waste even one vote, while expressing optimism over the party's victory.

    Karamanlis accused main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou of avoiding dialogue and face-to-face interviews with journalists.

    "This practice is unheard-of. He is avoiding because there are questions that he cannot answer," the prime minister said and added "where will he get over 10 billion euros that the irresponsible promises and grants cost."

    The prime minister further said that the main issue in the elections is the economy, that is being pressured by the crisis and that is facing difficulties from the past.

    Karamanlis further stressed that "we told the citizens the whole truth, we submitted a full plan on the future and the timetable. We want the citizens to know the difficulties and the possibilities of the economy. We don't want time to be lost."

    Referring lastly to PASOK, Karamanlis said "they are not presenting any proposal, they are not ready for anything, they are unprepared. PASOK's programme is a vacuum and a vacuum means an ordeal."

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

    [02] Papandreou : We shall give oxygen to economy

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addressed a rally in Thessaloniki on Tuesday evening, ahead of Sunday's general elections, stressing that "on this coming Sunday, Greece has a unique opportunity to gain its future."

    Papandreou added that "now is the time for the most crucial decision, we are deciding now whether we shall remain a captive of the past or whether we shall forge towards the future."

    The PASOK leader said that the leadership of the New Democracy party "remains unrepentent, it is continuing to deceive, to mislead and to try to intimidate the Greek citizen."

    Papandreou further accused ND of responding with "lies, subterfuge and accusations, as if they did not rule Greece over the last 6 years."

    He promised a recovery of the economy, underlining that "the economy is not figures, but people" and added that with the five bills that the PASOK government will ratify during the first 100 days "we shall give oxygen to the economy, to protect the consumer and give the market a breather.

    Caption: Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addresses his party campaign rally in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. ANA-MPA/PANTELIS SAITAS

    [03] FM Bakoyannis statement conveyed to UN General Assembly

    NEW YORK (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) - Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis stressed in her statement before the UN General Assembly's 64th session that the insistence of the leadership of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to seek exclusiveness over the name by refusing a geographical qualifier and anachronistic rhetoric and policy that are incompatible with the principle of relations of good neighbourliness raise serious questions as to its real motives. Her statement was conveyed by Greece's permanent representative Ambassador Anastasis Mitsialis.

    Bakoyannis referred to a series of issues concerning Greece, the region and the planet in general. On the issue of Cyprus, she said that "Turkey, that has the key to the solution to the Cyprus issue in its hands, is well aware that such a solution will speed up its course towards the EU."

    As regards Greek-Turkish relations, the foreign minister stressed, among other things, that "Greece would hail a decision by Turkey to follow the example set by the remaining 160 UN member-states that have ratified the Treaty on sea law. Such a move combined with a clear political will by Turkey to invest in friendly relations with Greece could bring a final end to tensions and the lack of trust in our bilateral relations and contribute to the promotion of peace and stability in our entire region."

    Commenting on the international situation, Bakoyannis pointed out that "our interest in the protection of human rights must be genuine and human-focused," adding that "protection must be provided with full compliance with the fundamental principles of international law and the UN Charter."

    [04] New museum for Pella archaeological site

    The archaeological site in Pella has finally acquired a new museum covering an area of 6,000 square metres, which opened its doors to the public for the first time last week. Situated in the northeast corner of the site, near the contemporary town of Pella, the museum represents the culmination of efforts by archaeologists and local residents stretching back 40 years.

    On display are archaeological artifacts found on the site, split up into five separate modules with different themes but not physically separated in closed galleries but visually connected with one another, with the exception of that devoted to grave artifacts found in cemeteries.

    These start with exhibits illustrating daily life, such as floor mosaics or a reconstructed mural from a room used for symposiums in a local home. The exhibition then shifts to artifacts illustrating the economic and other public activity of the time, such as a reconstructed pottery workshop, before moving on to religion and finally, after following a steady upward route, the displays devoted to the royal palace and Alexander the Great.

    The route ends on an upper balcony that gives visitors a panoramic view of the entire exhibition and may serve to house temporary exhibitions in the future.

    In addition to the main galleries covering an expanse of 2,500 square metres, the new museum also possesses rooms for screening video and other uses, a gift shop, cafeteria, offices, laboratories and store rooms.

    The new museum was built with funds from the 3rd Community Support Framework and had a total budget of 14 million euros, which included the installation of shelters covering the archaeological site, visitors' paths and unification of the site through the construction of an road going around the site for use by vehicles.

    Caption: ANA-MPA/Nikos Arvanitidis

    [05] SYRIZA rally in Athens

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) President Alexis Tsipras, speaking at a campaign rally of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) in Athens on Tuesday evening ahead of Sunday's general elections, expressed his optimism that on October 5 SYRIZA will be more powerful, more effective, more mature and strong and always in the front line of social struggles.

    Tsipras said that on the day after the elections SYRIZA will be present on every social front, whether big or small, and have even greater self-confidence and accused the two mainstream parties of refusing to discuss programme issues.

    Tsipras also said that the question on October 4 is not for the party in power to change but for the policy that will be implemented to change and this can only be guaranteed by a strong Left, a strong SYRIZA.

    Caption: Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras addresses a rally in Athens on Tuesday 29 September 2009. ANA-MPA/MARGARITA KIAOU

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The political parties' campaigns ahead of Sunday's general elections dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis 'debate' with citizens - Direct dialogue with the people in Athens' districts".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Main opposition PASOK's games on the COSCO contract for the Piraeus port container stations annoyed China's government".

    AVGHI: "The Left is the power of hope in Greece and Europe - Dynamic turnout at SYRIZA rally in Athens".

    AVRIANI: "Storm after the elections - EU demands severe measures and structural changes".

    CHORA: "Fatal mistakes before the finish line - Actions and suicidal statements are shattering ND".

    ELEFTHEROS: "How PASOK legitimised corruption in 12 scams - What Papandreou is forgetting".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "The state coffers are empty - ND and PASOK blame each other on the deficit, borrowing and of secret agendas".

    ESTIA: "The minimum required percentage for a self-sufficient government is lower in comparison with the 2007 general elections".

    ETHNOS: "Cockfights and gaffes in ruling New Democracy (ND) - In state of disintegration four days before elections".

    KATHIMERINI: "Eurogroup president Jean Claude Juncker anticipates low growth rate and implementation of a tight fiscal policy in the EU".

    LOGOS: "The battle of the numbers dominates ND's campaign".

    NIKI: "Papandreou's proposals for borrowers and banks put an end to lawlessness".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party of Greece (KKE) main campaign rally today in Athens".

    TA NEA: "Vertigo in ND".

    TO VIMA: "Papandreou: I pledge to make radical changes in the state and the economy".

    VRADYNI: "PASOK 'all messed up, says high-ranking party cadre."

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