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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-12

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  • [01] FinMin calls for new support program
  • [02] Joint patrols by Greek and Bulgarian police in tourist regions in northern Greece
  • [03] Robbers kill kiosk employee
  • [04] Sophocles trilogy performed without incident
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] FinMin calls for new support program

    ANA-MPA/Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos called European finance ministers to complete all technical details of a new support program for Greece by the end of August and before the release of a sixth tranche of a 110-bln-euro loan agreement, during a Eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Monday.

    According to sources, the Greek minister urged his Eurogroup counterparts to send to markets a clear message of stability in the Eurozone as the implementation of a lending program was a precondition for the sustainability of the public debt and the sustainability of the public debt was the basis of the program.ana-mpa

    Eurogroup sources said the Greek minister acknowledged the difficulty facing several governments to participate in a new lending program to Greece without the participation of the private sector, while he stressed that he also acknowledged the European Central Bank's role in securing liquidity for Greece and the Greek economy in general. ana-mpa

    "Greece is now a laboratory in which Eurozone's resistance is tested, while the protection of Greece is the self-protection of the Eurozone," the Greek minister said.

    Venizelos reassured of the government's will to timely implement a program agreed with the troika and briefed the Eurogroup council over the appointment -in cooperation with other political parties- of a board council in newly set-up Privatization Fund.ana-mpa

    He also underlined the significance of securing technical assistance from the European Commission and other Eurozone member-states on crucial issues, such as the battle against tax evasion and drafting a new National Tax System.

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    [02] Joint patrols by Greek and Bulgarian police in tourist regions in northern Greece

    ANA-MPA/Greek and Bulgarian police are carrying out joint patrols in tourist regions in the prefectures of Thessaloniki and Kavala as of Sunday, extending to Greek territory the corresponding action that began last January in the Bulgarian tourist resort of Bansko.

    In the framework of this new initiative, ELAS chief lieutenant general Lefteris Economou and the Bulgarian secretary general of the Interior ministry and police chief of the neighbouring country, Kalin Georgiev, signed in Thessaloniki the relevant document and the creation of joint patrols.ana-mpa

    As is anticipated by the cooperation, the joint patrols will include six Bulgarian policemen knowing the Greek language, who will be carrying out patrols until August 21 on the beaches of Nea Peramos and Kavala, as well as Asprovalta and Stavros in Thessaloniki. The choice of the specific regions took place after a proposal by the Greek authorities, since they gather a considerable number of Bulgarian tourists.ana-mpa

    "The Bulgarian police who will be in our country, will not carry weapons, they will not have operational and executive responsibility," Economou clarified, stressing that the specific action is being implemented in the framework of a wider agreement, that has been signed by the relevant ministers of the EU member-states.ana-mpa

    In addition, he praised the cooperation of Greek security authorities with the corresponding Bulgarian ones, stressing that it constitutes a model for the wider cooperation of all the countries of the region of the Balkans. "United in our struggle against organised crime and terrorism, we are becoming much more powerful," the ELAS chief said.

    Statements by the Bulgarian secretary general of the Interior ministry were made in the same spirit. He said that "only united are we strong" and added "when there are no borders for crime, they do not exist for joint actions as well."

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    [03] Robbers kill kiosk employee

    ANA-MPA/Armed robbers shot and killed early Tuesday a 54 years-old kiosk employee from Albania in the Athens suburb of Metamorphosi.

    According to initial information the motive of the murder was robbery given that the gunmen took the cash and fled.

    The man was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.ana-mpa

    Police are conducting an investigation.

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    [04] Sophocles trilogy performed without incident

    A view of the controversial performance of "Le Cycle des Femmes: trois histoires de Sophocle", by Lebanese-Canadian writer and director Wajdi Mouawad on Saturday at the Herod Atticus Odeon. The play was performed without incident or protests, which was not the case in Canada and Barcelona, amongst others, given that Bertrand Cantat, the lead singer of the 1990s-era French rock group Noir Desir, took part in the play's Greek chorus. Cantat's four-year incarceration -- out of an eight-year conviction for manslaughter -- for fatally assaulting his French actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant in a Vilnius hotel room in 2003 generated angry reactions by feminist groups in France and around the world. ANA-MPA photo

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The Eurogroup meeting and the explosion at the naval base in Cyprus, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Black July with tragedies".

    ÁVGHI: "Greek economy the spark that threatens the eurozone".

    AVRIANI: "4.5 billion euros black hole brings new package of harsh measures".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Confession of failure on deficit and privatisations".


    ESTIA: "Unfeasible target for the economy".

    ETHNOS: "Here and now decisions for euro and debt".

    IMERISSIA: "Thriller at eurogroup meeting - All-night deliberations on the debt".

    KATHIMERINI: "Stick and carrot in Brussels".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Crucial negotiations on eurozone's fate".

    TA NEA: "Greece in agony.....Cyprus mourns!".

    VRADYNI: "Tragedy - Criminal negligence or sabotage?".

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