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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou addresses rally in Perama
  • [02] FM Dora Bakoyannis holds talks with Cyprus president
  • [03] Greece beats Norway 1-0 in European Championship qualifier

  • [01] Papandreou addresses rally in Perama

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou, currently on a two-day tour of the island of Crete, addressed a party rally in the municipality of Perama, saying that his party represents a society of values and that the people of Crete are sending a double message to the government.

    Firstly, that the mockery of the ruling New Democracy party is enough and, secondly, that the people want another path, the one that PASOK is determining together with the citizens.

    The PASOK leader further said that the Greek people have already rejected New Democracy, because this party came to power having a great stock, but it has failed in all sectors.

    Papandreou accused the government of undermining democratic institutions, adding that the events of past days are not circumstantial, but have resulted from the conception being nursed by the ruling party.

    Afterwards, he visited the city of Rethimno, while he is also due to address another party rally in the city of Hania at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

    [02] FM Dora Bakoyannis holds talks with Cyprus president

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis held talks with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos at noon on Sunday, stressing afterwards that Athens and Nicosia are cooperating closely to shape an effective strategy on relations between Europe and Turkey over the next three months.

    Bakoyannis said that the meeting, held at the Presidential Mansion, focused on the situation concerning various issues, the main one being relations between Europe and Turkey.

    "Europe must, with calm and objectiveness and in accordance with European criteria and the acquis communautaire, assess Turkey and its European course," she said.

    Asked whether Turkey and the European Union are on a collision course, the foreign minister expressed the view that "it is premature for us to make such assessments."

    Bakoyannis reiterated that Greece supports Turkey's European prospects "because it believes that the reforms and the changes that this country will have to do are in the strategic interest of Greece and Cyprus", adding that "it is a long course that will also pass through a solution to the issue of Cyprus."

    [03] Greece beats Norway 1-0 in European Championship qualifier

    Greece beat Norway 1-0 in a European 2008 Championship Group Three soccer qualifier played at Karaiskaki Stadium in Piraeus on Saturday night. The only goal was scored by Costas Katsouranis in the 32nd minute.

    In other matches played over the weekend for the same group, Turkey beat Hungary 1-0 away and Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina drew 2-2. Greece's next match will be away against Bosnia on Wednesday.

    Standings after three games played:

    Norway 6 points

    Turkey 6 (2 games)

    Greece 6 (2 games)

    Bosnia 4

    Hungary 3

    Moldova 1

    Malta 0 (2 games)


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