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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-09

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  • [01] PASOK leader meets Turkish PM Erdogan
  • [02] FM condemns N. Korea nuclear test

  • [01] PASOK leader meets Turkish PM Erdogan

    Main opposition PASOK party leader and Socialist International President George Papandreou held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogfan in Ankara on Monday in his capacity as joint president of the European Socialist Party's high-level delegation that is visiting the neighbouring country.

    "We socialists have a clear position on the European prospect of Turkey with a real candidacy, but with all obligations as well," Papandreou said after the meeting.

    Referring to Turkey's obligations, Papandreou said that the delegation underlined "freedom of speech and the rights of religious communities and minorities" and noted that he had the opportunity to raise all the issues of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the issue of Cyprus, as well as Turkey's obligation to respond to the Customs Union.

    Papandreou was due to leave for Athens on Monday night, while the European Socialist Party's delegation will be continuing its contacts on Tuesday.

    The conclusions of the delegation's contacts in Ankara will be announced at the European Socialist Party's conference in Porto in December by George Papandreou and Paavo Lipponen, who are its joint presidents.

    [02] FM condemns N. Korea nuclear test

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Monday condemned North Korea's decision to go ahead with a nuclear weapons test, ignoring the concerns of the international community and appeals to refrain.

    "Greece condemns such a provocative action, which contravenes the Nuclear Arms Non-Proliferation Treaty, ignores UN Security Council resolution 1695 and constitutes a threat to international stability, security and peace," she said in the announcement.

    On his part Christos Papoutsis, main opposition PASOK party's foreign policy chief, said that N. Korea's decision to proceed to a nuclear weapons test "constitutes a direct questioning of the international law order and violates the treaty for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons."

    "We categorically condemn nuclear tests and we are expecting the UN Security Council and the European Union to take the necessary political decisions asking to be fully informed by N. Korea on the conditions and the results of the nuclear test as well the immediate return (of N. Korea) to direct dialogue and negotiations with the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Otherwise, we expect the necessary political decisions and the necessary sanctions against N. Korea," he added.

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