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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-01

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  • [01] ND lashes out FinMin
  • [02] FM meets Omirou
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] ND lashes out FinMin

    ANA-MPA/The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on Thursday accused Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and MP Dora Bakoyannis, the one-time ND MP and founder of the new Democratic Alliance party, of misquoting ND leader Antonis Samaras.

    ND party spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis stated that Venizelos and Bakoyannis, a previous minister, have resorted to an unprecedented misrepresentation of Samaras' statements and to "unacceptable slander", by maintaining that ND will vote against Memorandum II, currently debated in the Eurozone, without having studied it first. ana-mpa

    Mihelakis referred to an "impropriety", saying political opponents are unable to challenge Samaras' positions as regards the unconstitutionality of their intention to have Memorandum II passed with a majority of 180 MPs.

    The ND spokesman said \ Samaras has clearly stated that if the new Memorandum is in the right direction and is good for the country it will be approved by ND, but if it moves on the wrong direction, like the present memorandum, ND will vote against it -- regardless of the number of votes the government will set as a limit.

    Mihelakis also underlined that Venizelos did not utter a word in response to the constitutionality issue raised by Samaras.

    "The propaganda practices involving misquotations and slander expose Venizelos irreparably and prove him to be hypocritical when referring to consensus," Mihelakis stressed.

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    [02] FM meets Omirou

    ANA-MPA/Greek foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis reiterated the Greek government's firm support for the Cypriot people's efforts, during a meeting on Friday with the visiting Cyprus House of Representatives' new president Giannakis Omirou.

    Lambrinidis, greeting Omirou before the meeting, noted that they are united by common struggles in the past for strengthening the Republic of Cyprus, and expressed hope that the efforts being made by the Greek Cypriot community will soon bear fruit.

    He also said that his recent visit to Cyprus -- his first visit abroad after assuming the helm of the Greek foreign ministry -- had been both of a symbolic and essential nature.

    Lambrinidis further wished Omirou the best of luck in his new duties.ana-mpa

    Omirou, in turn, said that his first visit to Greece in his new capacity as House president was taking place for reasons of substance, "as it symbolises the common course of the two peoples".

    He also noted his cooperation with Lambrinidis in the latter's former position as head of the Greek ruling PASOK party group of Eurodeputies, adding that they will be in close contact for the advancement of the shared goals of the two countries.

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    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.56 percent, standing at 1,298.98 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 21.330 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 2.72 percent; Technology, up 2.24 percent and Financial Services, up 2.18 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 2.04 percent; and Telecoms, down 0.78 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 2.17 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.78 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.41 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 48 were up, 13 were down, and 15 were unchanged.

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