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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-11

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  • [01] Gov't unfazed by results of one opinion poll
  • [02] Papandreou, Petralia discuss Olympic Truce initiative

  • [01] Gov't unfazed by results of one opinion poll

    Government Spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos on Thursday dismissed any notion that it was "loosing ground" to the opposition, a reaction that came on the same day as front-page headlines showcasing one opinion poll that gave ruling ND only a 0.6-percent lead over main opposition PASOK.

    Roussopoulos told reporters that the first opinion poll results of the week, released on Sunday, gave ND a 2.5-percent lead over PASOK. Another poll released on Monday put the difference at 2.4 percent, whereas two separate polls on Thursday reported differences of 3.5 and 0.6 percent, respectively.

    "In four separate opinion polls, therefore, we see that three report a difference of between 2.4 percent and 3.5 percent," Roussopoulos said.

    The smallest difference between the two major parties was given by the Metron Analysis firm, which was commission for and presented by the private television station "Mega".

    "The government is proceeding with its work, one that is recognised by the vast majority of the Greek people," Roussopoulos said.

    [02] Papandreou, Petralia discuss Olympic Truce initiative

    The "Olympic Truce" initiative dominated discussions during a meeting on Friday between main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou and Alternate Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia, in the wake of next year's Winter Games in Turin.

    Both Palli-Petralia and Papandreou, one of the architects of the initiative in the run-up to the 2004 Athens Games, are vice-presidents of the International Olympic Truce Centre.

    "The Olympic Truce's goal is to unite peoples and civilisations. We have the Olympic Games of Turin ahead of us, while the text for the truce that was approved by the United Nations four days ago, was signed by 190 countries. As always, Greece had a primary role in composing this text," the minister said.

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