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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-08-18

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  • [01] Greece shapes foreign policy based on respect for international law
  • [02] Eurobank sells Ukrainian unit PJSC Universal Bank
  • [03] Excavations in Ancient Amphipolis resumed on Monday

  • [01] Greece shapes foreign policy based on respect for international law

    Greece shapes its foreign policy - which is strategically stable in the recent decades - based on the respect for the international law and the defence of its national interests, the Foreign Ministry said in an announcement on Monday.

    "In the European Union and all the other international organizations it participates, Greece acts based on these criteria," the ministry said in response to main opposition SYRIZA MP Nadia Valavani, who criticised the government's stance at the last EU ministerial meeting.

    The ministry underlined that Greece supports the Egyptian initiative towards a sustainable, stable truce in Gaza that will allow the resumption of dialogue and agreement on a two-state solution described at the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the relevant EU official documents.

    Greece has already sent humanitarian aid of 500,000 euros through UNRWA to meet food needs and repair the water network, the announcement noted, adding that it has also officially declared its readiness to nurse the injured and especially children.

    [02] Eurobank sells Ukrainian unit PJSC Universal Bank

    ANA/MPA---Eurobank said on Monday it had agreed with entities of the Ukrainian Delta Bank Group for the disposal of its Ukrainian subsidiary "PJSC Universal Bank" and the transfer of Ukrainian assets for a total consideration of 95 million euros.

    "The transaction, which will have negative impact of approximately 5 basis points on Eurobank's Common Equity Tier 1 ratio, is expected to close within 2014 and is subject to customary conditions for this type of transactions and the necessary approvals by the competent authorities," according to the announcement.

    VTB Capital acted as the financial advisor and Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited as the legal advisor to Eurobank on this transaction, it added.

    [03] Excavations in Ancient Amphipolis resumed on Monday

    ANA/MPA---Excavations in the site of ancient Amphipolis resumed on Monday with archaeologists intensifying their efforts to solve the puzzle of the Sphinxes of Ancient Amphipolis.

    A large number of tourists visited the area throughout the weekend to observe the archaeological finds. The Amphipolis Museum posted a record high in visitors who wanted to see the exhibits while visitors were also able to observe from a distance the site of the excavations with the aid of special telescopic lens.

    Excavations at ancient Amphipolis have intrigued the world with announcements of forthcoming major discoveries, as conveyed by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras himself during a visit to the site last week. Work was suspended at the large site with its newly-discovered monumental wall protecting a tomb dated to the fourth century BC, because of the long weekend of Dormition day (August 15).

    The entrance of the tomb in question appears to be at a stone-built archway under which two broken Sphinxes have been found. The excavation team is led by archaeologist Katerina Peristeri that was joined by her collaborating architect Michalis Lefadzis, who told ANA-MPA that "the ministry of Culture (the official agency) will provide further briefings on excavation developments."

    He added that "news will be coming very soon," and denied rumours that the divulging of information related to "what lies behind the Sphinxes is timed to coincide with the opening of the International Thessaloniki Fair," on September 6.

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