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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-08

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

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  • [01] Greek interior minister begins Cyprus visit
  • [02] KKE leader: Popular movement for public health

  • [01] Greek interior minister begins Cyprus visit

    Greek Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos began an official two-day visit to Cyprus on Friday, at the invitation of Justice Minister Sophocles Sophokleous, with a meeting with acting Cyprus President and House of Representatives Speaker Demetris Christofias. Pavlopoulos is being accompanied on his visit by Equality Secretary General Evgenia Tsoumani.

    Christofias said that an exchange of views took place on the current situation concerning the Cyprus issue and developments in the European Union related to Turkey's communication moves, as well as on the European Human Rights Court's decision on the case of Myra Xenidi-Aresti.

    Pavlopoulos said that he had the opportunity of expressing his congratulations over the course of Cyprus in the European Union, that he termed excellent.

    "Despite difficulties, despite the problems it is facing, it is a model country that is forging ahead in the EU, utilising possibilities and the acquis communautaire. Consequently, it must have the relevant treatment inside the EU and not only," Pavlopoulos said and pointed out that Cyprus must be respected as an EU member-state.

    Referring indirectly to the accession course of Turkey and its refusal to comply with its European commitments, Pavlopoulos said that Europe must move ahead and countries wanting to join must keep up with Europe.

    Pavlopoulos also met with Interior Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis and Nicosia Mayor Mihalakis Zambelas. On Saturday, he will be addressing an event organised by the National Apparatus for Women's Rights on the theme of "Equality between men and women in local administration."

    (ANA-MPA file photo of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos)

    [02] KKE leader: Popular movement for public health

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga committed herself on Friday that she will support the struggle of hospital staff, doctors and nursing personnel. Speaking after her meeting with the EINAP union, Papariga said that the need to form a popular movement is more than mature for substantive and real public health, without its coexistence with every form of private activity.

    "Many bells are tolling, such as the announcement that a private medical school will be established," she said, adding that "it is the beginning of a course that will show that the public health system is tending to be transformed into a branch office of insurance companies and businessmen."

    (ANA-MPA file photo of KKE Secretary General Aleka Papariga)


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