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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-05-07

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM Kotzias focuses on an active foreign policy in the Balkans
  • [02] Golden Dawn trial resumes on Thursday at Korydallos prison courtroom
  • [03] Fraport says unclear if Greek airport deal will be completed

  • [01] FM Kotzias focuses on an active foreign policy in the Balkans

    ANA/MPA---Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias late on Wednesday, in statements to a radio station, expressed his intention for an active foreign policy in the Balkans with specific immediate steps.

    He announced that he will make a tour to the Western Balkans (Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Macedonia) next June while the revival of tripartite cooperation with two EU Member States - Romania and Bulgaria - is among his plans.

    We are, he said, "three countries that should have an opinion and view on the rest of the Balkans, because, if we do not have, third forces may monopolise operations in the Western Balkans".

    Concerning the Western Balkans, Kotzias noted that "it is a source of instability. And the source of instability generates nationalism and nationalism may cause problems." He clarified that "the role of Greece is not to become a part of this problem, but to defend its national interests and act in a manner that will solve its own issues and the issues of other states in relation with the EU."

    [02] Golden Dawn trial resumes on Thursday at Korydallos prison courtroom

    ANA/MPA---The trial of Golden Dawn's leadership and members before a Criminal Appeals Court, in the specially adapted courtroom at Korydallos prison in Athens, resumed on Thursday, entering its second day.

    The trial is expected to be adjourned again as, according to sources, the lawyer appointed by the court to one of the defendants, will not accept the appointment.

    In this case, the court will have to appoint another lawyer, to whom time should be given to study the file.

    [03] Fraport says unclear if Greek airport deal will be completed

    ANA/MPA---Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt airport, said it was unclear if and when a deal to operate 14 Greek regional airports in tourist destinations would be completed, after reporting slightly better than expected first quarter results, according to Reuters news agency.

    Fraport was last year named preferred bidder for a deal to operate 14 regional airports in Greece, in tourist locations such as Corfu.

    But since the election of a leftist-led, anti-austerity government in Greece the deal has come into the spotlight, with Greece seeking to change the terms of the deal, a source told Reuters last week.

    "It is currently not certain whether or when the transaction can be completed in view of the political and macroeconomic development in Greece," the company said in its first-quarter report.

    Fraport reported first-quarter earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 153 million euros (114 million pounds), against the average analyst forecast of 149 million in a Reuters poll.

    It also confirmed its targets for the year of a 2-3 percent rise in passenger numbers at Frankfurt airport and for profits to rise to around 820-840 million euros.


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