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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-06-23

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] President Pavlopoulos receives Cyprus Parliament president, reiterates Greek support
  • [02] FM Kotzias raises issue of migrant care structures at EU council on migration
  • [03] New shelter for unaccompanied migrant children opens in Athens
  • [04] Banknote circulation falls to June 2012 levels, BoG report‏

  • [01] President Pavlopoulos receives Cyprus Parliament president, reiterates Greek support

    ANA-MPA -- President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday received visiting Cyprus House of Representatives President Yiannakis Omirou at the presidential mansion. In statements afterward, Pavlopoulos referred to the effort being made by overwhelming majority of democratic forces in Greece to keep the country in Europe and the Eurozone, but also to efforts to solve the Cyprus problem. "In Greece, at this crucial hour, we are waging a battle and the overwhelming majority of democratic forces are fighting it together. Despite the various differences there may be, there is a common struggle for Greece to remain in Europe and the Eurozone," he said. He noted that after the bitter experience of the memorandums that both the Greek and Cypriot people had experienced first-hand, Europe and the eurozone had acquired mechanisms that would allow them to be much more effective in responding to future crises. Referring to the Cyprus issue, Pavlopoulos underlined that Greece remained at Cyprus' side, in spite of the difficulties it is facing, and "is strong enough...to support you in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem." The Greek president also called on Europe to assume its responsibilities, noting that the existence of a member-state with an occupation was army was "inconceivable". Omirou thanked him for Greece's steadfast support over the years to end the Turkish military occupation on Cyprus as well as his satisfaction with the fact that "Greece has clearly stressed that it neither accepts, nor desires, nor is willing to participate in a new framework of guarantees for Cyprus." He called the guarantor powers of the 1960s a "deep anachronism" and noted that the key to solving the Cyprus problem was still in Turkey's possession, calling on it to abandon the outdated and expansionary attitudes of the last 41 years. On the economic crisis in Greece, Omirou said it was not so much a Greek as a European issues and "a time of responsibility, chiefly for the so-called institutions and European collective organs."

    [02] FM Kotzias raises issue of migrant care structures at EU council on migration

    ANA-MPA -- Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Tuesday there's an imperative need to address health concerns and care of migrants arriving in Greece, during a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, which discussed migration, which will be the main subject of the upcoming European Council. In his remarks, Kotzias described the difficulties Greece is facing due to the unprecedented flow of refugees and migrants, at a time of deep economic crisis and identified three key points that need to be taken into consideration in the recommendations from the Commission and the Council for dealing with the problem. First, that all the tools at the European Union's disposal be used, and mainly the readmission processes and agreements with the countries to the southeast of Greece, from Turkey to Pakistan. Second, that there be express reference to the obligatory nature of internal relocation and resettlement, to avoid lack of clarity. Finally, that there needs to be a reference to reception facilities and first reception facilities that will operate in accordance with the planning, needs and particularities of the state hosting these refugees, and not on the model of structured border zones.

    [03] New shelter for unaccompanied migrant children opens in Athens

    ANA-MPA -- Presenting a new centre set up in Athens to house unaccompanied children that enter Greece as migrants, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou on Tuesday praised the initiative by the Ioannis. S. Latsis Foundation and the non-governmental organisation 'Praksis'. At a press conference, Christodoulopoulou said that there were now 18 youngsters housed at the shelter, which has been operating in Athens' Ano Petralona neighbourhood for roughly a month, while another 99 unaccompanied children were being held in detention centres throughout Greece because facilities to house them were lacking. The construction of the shelter was financed by the Latsis Foundation, which has also undertaken to cover its running costs until the ministry manages to secure funding from the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. "I think this is a very important and symbolic initiative that must be mimicked by others, since the state in its current condition depends greatly on individuals and foundations to finance such structures to help the children," the minister stressed. She expressed hope that money will soon be secured from Europe to allow Greece to provide at least basic conditions of hospitality for refugees, adding that protection of minors will be a priority. The new centre has the capacity to receive 24 children, who are referred to it from the National Centre for Social Solidarity on the basis of orders issues by a public prosecutor. It currently houses 18 boys aged 13 to 17 years old, chiefly from Afghanistan and Syria.

    [04] Banknote circulation falls to June 2012 levels, BoG report‏

    ANA-MPA -- Banknote circulation has fallen to June 2012 levels following a massive cash withdrawal from bank deposits, a report by the Bank of Greece said on Tuesday. The report noted that the biggest part of deposit outflow was in cash. The central bank said that the value of banknotes in circulation in the market reached 45.20 billion euros in May, falling to June 2012 levels (43.3 billion euros) – a period when ECB was sending banknotes to Greece to help the country overcome its liquidity problems. The report showed that Greek banks' dependence on the European Central Bank and the ELA grew to 116.4 billion euros in May, from 112.8 billion a month earlier, although these figures have changed dramatically because of the extreme conditions prevailing in the market in the last few days. Funding through ELA reached 77.6 billion euros in May and borrowing from ECB was 38.8 billion in the same period. However, borrowing through ELA has reached 89 billion euros since the start of June.
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