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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-07-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] KKE leader at Lavrio meeting
  • [02] SYN, ODP wind up peace events in Mytilene
  • [03] President Papoulias visiting Cyprus July 28-29

  • [01] KKE leader at Lavrio meeting

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga addressed the 16th anti-imperialist 2-day conference of the party's affiliated youth wing KNE in the town of Lavrio on Sunday, saying that the upcoming elections "are not everything, they are not the mother of battles but they are an opportunity for a step forward to be taken for the benefit of the people and for youth in particular."

    Papariga said that "the barbaric class measures that are contained shamelessly in both the programmes of the (ruling) New Democracy and (main opposition) PASOK parties concern the working class and the other popular classes and mainly the young people belonging to them."

    She further said that her party's political election goal "is clear:this time something different must happen, the election must not be a repetition of 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000 and 2004. In this struggle, the country's bourgeoisie, its parties, will assess if the people are prepared to react to the so-called reforms of ND or to the modernisation of PASOK that are different in slogans, but in essence they are the same class-wise."

    Papariga urged all those who "are fed up with bipartisan alternation and their squabbling to dare to do what they have not done so far, to punish them by throwing the blue and green ballots into the waste paper basket at the polling station and to enclose KKE's ballot in their envelope."

    [02] SYN, ODP wind up peace events in Mytilene

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) leader Alekos Alavanos said Sunday that his party's initiative for a joint appeal with the Turkish Freedom and Solidarity Party (ODP) for a mutual reduction of armaments "comes at a time when the government of Greece, headed by the prime minister, knows well only ow to play cops and robbers, or, rather robbers and robbers, with the main opposition party, casting the country itno a dangerous void of political proposals and actions".

    Alavanos was speaking on the Greek island of Mytilene, at the second day of a joint peace event with the ODP -- the first day was held in Ayvalik, in Turkey, on Saturday -- in the framework of the two parties' joint call for a mutual reduction in armaments and military expenditures by Greece and Turkey. The events were addressed by the two parties' leaders Alekos Alavanos and Kemal Ultusaler, and attended by representatives of social and peace organisations from both countries.

    Alavanos also stressed the need for reduction of the cost of visas Turkish citizens visiting Greece, so as to increase the flow of Turkish visitors to the Greek islands.

    Referring to the significance of the two parties' joint appeal for arms reduction, Alavanos said: "We do not want more F-16s (fighter planes), we want firefighting planes. We don't want more tanks, but want hospitals with doctors and nursing staff. We don't want our children with armaments aimed at nighbours, but with modern university studies. We don't want kickbacks in procurements of weapons systems, but pensions. And most of all, here in the eastern Aegean, we want substantive investments".

    [03] President Papoulias visiting Cyprus July 28-29

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias will be visiting Cyprus on July 28-29, according to an announcement by the Greek embassy in Nicosia.

    According to the announcement, President Papoulias will be the guest of Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to attend events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of the first president of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III.


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