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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-28

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  • [01] PM: Greece and Bulgaria 'strategic partners'
  • [02] Terror group claims journalist's killing
  • [03] Parties condemn terrorism
  • [04] Yacht sector sends SOS
  • [05] Message of peace
  • [06] ASE opening: Small rise
  • [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: Greece and Bulgaria 'strategic partners'

    SOFIA (ANA-MPA - B. Borisov) Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday underlined the huge potential for cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria, in a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov after the first joint session of the Greece-Bulgaria High-Level Cooperation Council held in Sofia.

    "Our meeting today deepens and establishes a strategic relationship of partnership between us," Papandreou underlined, while earlier he had referred to a "qualitative leap" in relations between the two countries after Bulgaria's accession to the EU and NATO.

    In the framework of the meeting between ministers of the two governments, Greece and Bulgaria signed a raft of bilateral agreements dealing with various outstanding issues and declaring the two sides willingness to further develop bilateral ties.

    "We are now part of a common region, no longer separated by our borders, while there are huge prospects for our cooperation. Today we made a first approach at overcoming these and possibly for a final solution to a series of outstanding bilateral issues that we had inherited from the past, but also to promote our common goals in new areas: trade transactions, economic cooperation, energy cooperation, cross-border cooperation, employment, defence cooperation and fighting crime," the Greek premier said.

    Papandreou underlined the importance of the agreements signed by the two sides on Tuesday, expressing conviction that this effort was backed by the people of both countries.

    [02] Terror group claims journalist's killing

    ANA-MPA/The terror group "Revolutionaries' Sect" claimed responsibility for the murder last week of journalist Socrates Giolias in a proclamation sent to the Athens-based daily newspaper "Ta Nea" on Tuesday.

    The proclamation, published in full by the paper on Wednesday, refers to the reasons why the group targeted Giolias and is extremely disparaging of several high-profile Greek television journalists and editors, including Themos Anastasiades, Makis Triantafyllopoulos, Nikos Hatzinikolaou, Petros Kostopoulos, George Kouris and Dimitris Kontominas.ANA-MPA

    The proclamation also contains threats against the police force, public prosecutors, prison guards and prison governors, as well as prison social workers.

    The location of the proclamation was given to journalists at "Ta Nea" at 14:30 on Tuesday afternoon by an unidentified caller. Two journalists following up the call found a CD at the location indicated, which contained a seven-page proclamation on the Giolias killing.

    [03] Parties condemn terrorism

    ANA-MPA/The parliamentary parties condemned terrorism late Tuesday, following the "Revolutionaries' Sect" terror group's assumption earlier in the day of last week's killing of journalist Socrates Giolias.

    The ruling PASOK and opposition parties' parliamentary spokespersons condemned terrorism in statements on Tuesday night.

    "Democracy cannot be terrorised, but is reinforced through the collective effort of the Greek people in the fight against terrorism, which will continue unwavering and with success," PASOK spokesman Christos Papoutsis said.ANA-MPA

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Costas Markopoulos said that the "threats against politicians, journalists, publishers and prison governors indicate that something is changing the way that some sick minds want to terrorise".

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) spokesman Thanasis Pafilis said that "terrorist organisations comprise manipulation of the system and disorient the people, but they will not succeed".

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) spokesman Asterios Rondoulis said that "the message that we must send to them (terrorists) is that with their latest terrorist action they gained absolutely nothing".

    "The only thing they earned was social abhorrence and the citizens' universal refusal to accept such actions, which are tainted with blood," he added.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo : View of the Hellenic Parliament in Athens

    [04] Yacht sector sends SOS

    ANA-MPa/The Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association on Tuesday warned that the sector was facing extinction, suffering the worst year in its history because of the economic crisis.

    Speaking to ANA-MPA, Antonis Steliatos, president of the Association, said reservations for professional yachts with crew were down more than 80 pct this year, compared with 2009, with 11 vessels taken out of commission because of reduced demand.

    Reservations for sail ships are also down, with revenues suffering a sharp fall this year, although no specific figures could be provided since there is no single charter policy in the sector.

    [05] Message of peace

    ANA-MPA/In continuation of a tradition that began in the 1980s and continues today, a group of German pupils bearing a message of peace and reconciliation are in Greece as guests of the municipality of Distomo, the site of one of the biggest massacres of WWII during the Nazi occupation of Greece.

    This year marks the 66th anniversary of the massacre at Distomo on June 10, 1944, which has gone down in world history as one of the biggest massacres of unarmed civilians in WWII, and was carried out by the German Nazi's just before their defeat and withdrawal from Greece.ANA-MPA

    The toll was 228 dead, 117 women and 111 men, and among them 53 children under the age of 16.

    [06] ASE opening: Small rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.16 percent, standing at 1,695.06 points at 11:30 am, and turnover at 36.210 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Raw Materials, up 1.48 percent; and Insurance, up 1.45 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Media, down 2.35 percent; and Health, down 0.85 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.02 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.03 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.61 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 47 were up, 35 were down, and 33 were unchanged.

    [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The fuel shortages at petrol stations due to tanker truck owners' ongoing strike, the EU-IMF troika's inspections and its recommendations for lay-offs and closing of deficit-making Public Utilities and corporations (DEKO), and the Revolutionaries' Sect terrorist group proclamation claiming journalist Socrates Giolias' killing, dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Black-out throughout the country - Petrol stations' reservoirs empty - Truck owners decide to continue their strike and escalate mobilisations".

    APOGEVMATINI: "PASOK's bullies in action: They are attempting to hide evidence and are threatening witnesses (in the parliamentary fact-finding commissions)".

    AVGHI: "College diplomas for sale".

    AVRIANI: "Revolutionaries' Sect proclamation/'memorandum' with threats against politicians, publishers, entrepreneurs, judges, journalists and police".

    CHORA: "Troika demands 14,000 layoffs in DEKO".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Half of PASOK implicated in Vatopedi scandal".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "At last, find a solution now - People' reserves have 'run out' of patience".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Plan ready for civil mobilisation of strikers - Drivers and products blocked by the truck strike".

    ESTIA: "The damage to tourism is immeasurable - Country's reputation abroad devastated".

    ETHNOS: "Government toughens its position towards truck owners: Ultimatum for civil mobilisation".

    IMERISSIA: "Bank stocks rally - 4.13 percent surge in Athens Stock Exchange and scenarios for deals".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government studies the possibility of civil mobilisation if the truck owners do not accept government's proposal for an additional licence".

    LOGOS: "Greece has run out of petrol - Problems on the islands - Government-truck owners clash reaches the extremes".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Rumours of bank deals boost bank share prices".

    NIKI: "Justice 'takes up arms' against the memorandum of shame - Block on salary and pension cuts".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Privatisations- downgrading of the Tertiary (Higher) Education - Education Ministry grants operating licenses to 30 of the 40 Post-Lyceum Educational Centres (franchise Colleges) in Greece that have filed applications".

    TA NEA: "Show of force and threats of new attacks contained in Revolutionaries' Sect proclamation".

    TO VIMA: "The auxiliary pensions at the IMF's mercy".

    VRADYNI: "What the new development bill foresees: Investments by the dropper".

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