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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-12-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] The trilateral meeting will send a message of peace and stability in the region, PM Tsipras says
  • [02] Government denies controversy with Berlin
  • [03] Turmoil in Idomeni; 10 migrants detained while police's sweep operation continues

  • [01] The trilateral meeting will send a message of peace and stability in the region, PM Tsipras says

    "The trilateral meeting of Greece-Cyprus-Egypt will send a message of peace, prosperity and stability in the region," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

    "With the seal of His Excellency the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Mr. Sisi and the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, we inaugurate a new era in the relations between the three countries," Tsipras said adding that "what they will co-sign today, will be important steps forward. We send a message of peace and stability in the region."

    President al-Sisi thanked the other two leaders for the third consecutive tripartite meeting which, as he said, reflects the deep relations of the three countries, contribute to the development of peoples and the cooperation and coordination on various issues of mutual interest. On his part, Anastasiades underlined: "This meeting provides an opportunity to send a message that this cooperation aims at peace and is not directed against anyone."

    [02] Government denies controversy with Berlin

    Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili on Wednesday dismissed reports that Greece is on a collision course with Berlin.

    In statements to the public radio she noted that it is not the first time that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed such positions. "Very often, these positions that are neither in the interest of the country nor the people, have been defeated in the EU," she stressed.

    On the IMF, she said that it often expresses neo-liberal views, adding that the outcome of the negotiations cannot be discounted. The IMF will decide in March, she stated, if it will participate in the Greek programme. However, she underlined that Europe should solve its problems by itself despite the fact that some countries would like the IMF's participation.

    From his part, the Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas said in an interview with Praktorio 104.9 FM on Wednesday, referring to the declarations of Shaeuble, stressed that the German Minister "is a tough politician and a tough man. Tough policies and tough persons need tough answers. The Greek government responds properly to the positions of Mr Schaeuble".Mardas underlined that the Greek government fully implements its commitments.

    [03] Turmoil in Idomeni; 10 migrants detained while police's sweep operation continues

    Over 10 migrants have been detained so far in Idomeni during the operation of the police to open the railway that was blocked by protesting migrants at Idomeni.

    The detained, of different nationalities, are currently at Idomeni police station.

    Meanwhile, an Iranian national, alleged to have been stabbed, has been taken to Kilkis hospital.

    The rail track is now open and according to sources a freight train from Fyrom is expected to pass through Idomeni station.

    Moreover, 14 buses with migrants left a few while ago from Idomeni for Athens.


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