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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-10

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  • [01] PASOK Secretary speaks in central Macedonia
  • [02] Greek FM Bakoyannis to visit UAE
  • [03] SYN discusses general elections tactics

  • [01] PASOK Secretary speaks in central Macedonia

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) National Council Secretary Nikos Athanassakis on Saturday gave a speech at the party's Regional Council of Central Macedonia, noting that "there is no margin for introversion and meaningless verbal clashes." He stressed that the primary target of the party is the strengthening of the organisations in the regions.

    "Having left behind us the local government elections, I am aware that in certain regions we have injuries which we must overcome," said Athanassakis, stressing that "the rapprochement must be united."

    The PASOK Secretary added:"The disciplinary procedures have already been completed or are being completed. We are not looking for a quarrel."

    Athanassakis also referred to the reorganisation of the party "which started these past two months." However, he clarified that "that we will not return to a situation of a suffocating concentrated inspection, in any event."

    Athanassakis defended the withdrawal of PASOK from the procedure of the Constitutional revision, describing it as "an act of defending the Constitution from a government which undermines the institutions."

    (ANA-MPA file photo of PASOK National Council Secretary Nikos Athanassakis)

    [02] Greek FM Bakoyannis to visit UAE

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, is to head a business mission the to United Arab Emirates (UAE). Bakoyannis departs on Tuesday with the participation of 93 businesses and institutional agencies of the state and of the market, in the context of the opening of economic diplomacy to Arab countries.

    The visit to the United Arab Emirates, three months after that by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, and this time headed by the foreign minister, signals the particular weight which Greek diplomacy gives to the broadening of bilateral relations with this country, which constitutes an international trade and investment centre and in which Greek business presence is already established.

    In talks with ANA-MPA on Saturday, Stylianidis, on the occasion of the mission, said that during the three-day visit, with stops at the two emirates, of Abu Dhabi and of Dubai, there will be high level political contacts, two business conferences, one in each city, and 400 meetings between Greek and local entrepreneurs.

    (ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis)

    [03] SYN discusses general elections tactics

    The preparation of the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) for the general elections is at the centre of a two-day meeting of the party's Central Political Committee, the sessions of which started on Saturday with a report by the Political Secretariat, which was read out by Secretary Nikos Hountis.

    The report by the Political Secretariat assesses that the possibility of the holding of early general elections cannot be excluded and for this reason the need is stressed for the timely preparation of the party. It was noted that "the Central Political Committee's decisions can inspire the members, the friiends of the party but also the world of the Left to face with optimism the electoral confrontation to struggle, to change the present conditions and for new roads to open in the country's political and social developments."

    Synaspismos leader Alekos Alavanos spoke about the political developments and called on the government "to stop covering those who who attack Synaspismos with extreme phrases, such as the Public Order Ministry, which is insecurity, hate and extreme-right orientation." He was referring to Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras.

    Alavanos also referred to main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), calling on the party "to clarify its position on Article 16 and to declare what it will do in the next Parliament."

    Alavanos will referer to Synaspismos' general elections tactics in his speech on Sunday, closing the two-day session of the Central Political Committee.

    (ANA-MPA file photo of Synaspismos leader Alekos Alavanos)

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