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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-22

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

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  • [01] Greece hails Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip
  • [02] Foreign Ministry deposits second cheque for aid to those affected by tsunami in SE Asia

  • [01] Greece hails Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Monday hailed the withdrawal of the Israelis from Gaza.

    According to a foreign ministry press release, Koumoutsakos said:"We hail the decision of Israel to proceed in the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and from the four settlements in the West Bank. It is undisputably a courageous decision which creates a new impetus in the direction of the solution of the prolonged Middle East question."

    The foreign ministry spokesman added that "in order for this new impetus to be utilised for the general course of the Peace Process, it is important that the withdrawal process be placed within the context of the Road Map."

    Koumoutsakos went on to say that "in order for the relevant process to be successfully completed in a climate of calm and security, it is also necessary for utmost self-control to be shown both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority."

    Concluding, Koumoutsakos said that "the Palestinian Authority, on its part, should continue the necessary reforms in the sector of administration and secure the necessary security conditions."

    [02] Foreign Ministry deposits second cheque for aid to those affected by tsunami in SE Asia

    The Greek foreign ministry on Monday deposited to the special account of the Bank of Greece, for the granting of aid to those affected from the tsunami in southeast Asia late December 2004, the second cheque of contribution by state-run Greek Radio and Television (ERT) amounting to 3,843,416.45 euros. The cheque was handed to Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis by ERT President Mr. Panagopoulos last week.

    Up to now, the foreign ministry has deposited 10 million euros to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for distribution to the UNHCR, World Food Program, FAO, FAO/UNDP, WHO and IOM for special programmes for the relief of the affected areas and the development of the region, 10 million euros for humanitarian aid in pharmaceuticals and clothing, 150,000 euros for the Maldives, 150,000 euros for Sri Lanka and 200,000 euros for Indonesia.

    Greece was the first country to respond to Annan's appeal for aid to the affected areas in southeast Asia. a fact which was recognised by a relevant letter of gratitude by the UN Secretary-General to Foreign Minister Molyviatis.


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