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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-10-25

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  • [01] 'The return to normality has already begun,' PM Samaras says
  • [02] Western Greece shaken by 5.2 Richter earthquake; activity normal,' experts say

  • [01] 'The return to normality has already begun,' PM Samaras says

    ANA-MPA -- "The return to normality has already begun," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stated here on Friday, shortly after the end of a summit for the leaders of Eurozone countries. He said that negotiations were continuing on all levels and that nothing was concluded yet.

    "However, everyone acknowledges that Greece has achieved a lot and that it is slowly returning to security," he added.

    Samaras repeated that Greece was in talks with its creditors regarding the 'day after' the end of the current programme. The aim was for the country to go forward on a safe course, and with security and due caution to exit the great adversity experienced by the Greek people in recent years, he added.

    The prime minister also underlined that the review of the current programme will be wrapped up by December: "We cannot have what happened in the past, we must be done with the review by December and we will be done by December."

    It would be nice to have greater consensus within Greece, in this context, and for the main opposition to adopt a more constructive attitude, Samaras added.

    Referring to the Cyprus issue, the Greek premier noted that he had represented the Cyprus Republic at the EU leaders' summit, with the authorisation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. He said he was "very satisfied" with the references to Cyprus in the summit's final conclusions, which urged Turkey "to respect Cyprus' sovereignty over its territorial sea and Cyprus' sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone."

    The summit statements recalled the obligation of every candidate-country wishing to join the EU to fully recognise all the EU member-states, Samaras said.

    According to sources within the prime minister's office, meanwhile, Samaras and UK Prime Minister David Cameron clashed verbally during the summit meeting when Samaras presented the joint Greek-Cypriot positions, so they would be included in the EU leaders' final conclusions.

    [02] Western Greece shaken by 5.2 Richter earthquake; activity normal,' experts say

    ANA-MPA - An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook the area of western Greece at 02:43 on Saturday morning, with the epicenter located 25 km south of Arta and at a depth of 5 km.

    According to the police, no damages have been reported, although the seismic activity that included six after-shocks ranging from 2.5 to 3 on the Richter scale jolted the towns of Arta, Ioannina and Preveza. The earthquake took place approximately 239 km west of Athens.

    The 5.2 earthquake was the main one, while the six aftershocks are normal, seismologist Dominikos Vamvakaris, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) Geophysics Institute, told ANA-MPA. He said the area was seismically active in general, a fact confirmed by AUTh seismology professor Manolis Skordilis, who said the area's greatest earthquake measured 6 Richters and occurred in 1990. "Earthquakes in this area do not leave any great signs; in other words, they are not destructive," he added.

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