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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Cypriot President Papadopoulos discusses plane crash with ministers
  • [02] Gov't sources see fiscal deficit below 4.0%
  • [03] Top ND cadres to meet on Thursday
  • [04] Greece loses 2-0 away to Belgium in soccer friendly

  • [01] Cypriot President Papadopoulos discusses plane crash with ministers

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos, who arrived in Athens on Wednesday, said that he was completely satisfied with the manner with which the Greek authorities operated before and after the fatal Cypriot plane crash of the "Helios" private company in the north of Athens on Sunday, noting that they operated with effectiveness and speed.

    Papadopoulos made the statement after a meeting he had at the Interior Ministry with Internal Affairs, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Transport and Communications Minister Michalis Liapis and Civil Protection Secretary General Panagiotis Fourlas.

    Papadopoulos stressed:"We will observe the course of the investigations and we will contribute in finding the cause of this air tragedy. We hope that in the end the whole truth of the facts will be revealed."

    The Cypriot president added that if needed "we will not hesitate in calling in experts from abroad so as to establish the level of the security procedures and measures."

    He noted that "we must not jump to conclusions before the relevant certifications from the relevant authorirties are made."

    Interior Minister Pavlopoulos stated that "the cooperation of the two governments and of the relevant ministers, was, is and will remain harmonious and lasting until the causes of the crash are fully revealed." He said that it is known that the finding of the causes means the investigation of many factors and no statements by the government will be made before the experts' report.

    Liapis assured that everything possible will be made for finding the cause of the accident of the fatal flight which cost the lives of 121 passengers and crew and stressed that "the government is cooperating excellently with Cypriot and American experts." He said that "the political volition of the government is for all the procedures to be speeded up for finding the cause of the air accident."

    Liapis also stressed that "we must not wait for immediate answers as these procedures worldwide are time-consuming."

    [02] Gov't sources see fiscal deficit below 4.0%

    Government sources said on Wednesday that the fiscal deficit would fall below 4.0% of gross domestic product.

    The most likely figure was between 3.5% and 3.7% of GDP, the sources said.

    They were speaking after a meeting between the prime minister and finance minister earlier in the day.

    [03] Top ND cadres to meet on Thursday

    Top ND cadres to meet on Thurs.

    Ruling New Democracy party's sector secretaries will meet on Thursday during a meeting headed by party secretary Vangelis Meimarakis.

    According to reports, the party's next central committee meeting, a subject up for discussion on Thursday, will possibly take place on Aug. 26. Any recommendation will be forwarded to PM Costas Karamanlis, who will make the final decision.

    [04] Greece loses 2-0 away to Belgium in soccer friendly

    Greece lost 2-0 (halftime 2-0) to Belgium in a soccer friendly held at the "Koning Boudewijn" stadium in Brussels on Wednesday night.

    A message against racism was sent on Wednesday by the two national soccer teams and also by FIFA.

    Before the start of the friendly match, a televised message was broadcast against racism at the initiative of the world soccer federation and the Belgian soccer federation, while the captains of the two teams read messages against racism.


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