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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-07-20

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  • [01] PM in meeting with German Chancellor, will visit Sarajevo on Monday
  • [02] Papandreou visits former prison island

  • [01] PM in meeting with German Chancellor, will visit Sarajevo on Monday

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis was currently in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who arrived in Athens at noon on Friday for talks on bilateral relations and international issues. The German leader was also slated to meet later in the day with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    Meanwhile, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos announced that Karamanlis will leave on Monday morning for a 24-hour visit to Sarajevo.

    Roussopoulos said that Karamanlis was due to arrive in Sarajevo at 9:30 a.m. local time, and an official welcoming ceremony would be held for the Greek premier at the Council of Ministers building, followed by a private meeting with Council of Ministers chairman Nikola Spiric at 10:45 a.m.

    At 11:00, the prime minister will have talks with the and sign bilateral agreements, followed by statements to the press and a visit to the three-member presidium of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    At 1:00 p.m., Karamanlis will attend the inauguration ceremony of the Greece-Bosnia-Herzegovina Friendship Building, followed by an official luncheon with Spiric, after which Karamanlis will visit Camp Butmir, the headquarters of the European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR).

    Karamanlis is slated to depart early Tuesday for his return to Athens.

    [02] Papandreou visits former prison island

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou visited the former prison island of Yiaros on Friday and paid homage to the Greek citizens detained there as political prisoners during the seven-year colonels' dictatorship in Greece between 1967-1974.

    "Here, in the place of their exile and torture, we pay tribute to our compatriots who resisted authoritarianism and fascism against those who wanted to strike a blow against the democratic institutions," Papandreou said, adding that all those people were fighters for democracy and for Greece. "We, today, are fighting for a just society and do not forget their struggles and sacrifices," he said.

    Papandreou also referred to Friday's 33rd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and to those who fought and died or went missing in the struggle for a free Cyprus, stressing that the efforts for a free and independent Cyprus should continue.

    Based on varous martial courts' rulings during the military junta, a total of 22,000 people were detained on Yiaros, which also served as a place of exile after the civil war in Greece following WWII.

    In 2001 the island was declared a historical monument.

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