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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-09-22

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis visits fire-ravaged Ilia prefecture in western Peloponnese
  • [02] Greek FM to meet UN SG in NY

  • [01] PM Karamanlis visits fire-ravaged Ilia prefecture in western Peloponnese

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday chaired a meeting at Ilia prefecture, western Peloponnese, with the objective the implementation of measures for the reconstruction and restoration of the wildfire-affected regions of the prefecture. Present at the meeting were National Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis, Agricultural Development and Foods Minister Alexandros Kontos, Western Greece Regional Prefect Spyros Spyridon, Ilia Prefect Haralambos Kafyras and the 13 mayors whose municipalities sustained damage from the August wildfires. After the meeting, Karamanlis departed for the town of Zaharo where he also chaired a meeting on the implementation of measures for the restoration of the fire-affected area.

    "Our commitments are valid to the utmost. I want to send a clear message that our concern is here. The procedures for 6,000 jobs, through the Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) will proceed speedily. A forest will again grow, however many years it takes.The government is determined to implement every available potential from national and EU funds for the reconstruction. It‚s a national need for the inhabitants of the region to remain in their place so as to continue activities. What precedes is the fastest possible payment for the damages, for the resetting up of the plant and stock-breed capital for the securing of the incomes of the farmers and stockbreeders so that they can again enter production," Karamanlis said in statements after the meeting in Zaharo.

    Finally, on the lighting of the Olympic Flame, Karamanlis assured that "by the end of the year the work for the cleaning and preservation of Ancient Olympia‚s antiquities will have been completed. In March, the ceremony of the lighting of the Olympic Flame for the Beijing Games will take place in an environment which will correspond positively to the area‚s history."

    The prime minister later in the day visited Ancient Olympia where he went to the Town Hall and was welcomed by Mayor George Aidonis and then toured the wildfire-affected forest region surrounding the site.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (R) visits Ancient Olympia on Saturday, September 22, 2007. ANA-MPA/A. WILELMOS.

    [02] Greek FM to meet UN SG in NY

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will start her contacts in New York with a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday evening. On Sunday, Bakoyannis will meet with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, UN special envoy on the name issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz and her counterparts from Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.

    On Monday, the Greek foreign minister will take part in the sessions of the High Level Meeting on Climatic Changes, On the sidelines of this meeting, she will meet with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and with her Albanian and Saudi Arabian counterparts.

    On the same day, she will meet US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and Serbian President Boris Tadic.

    On Tuesday, Bakoyannis will attend a meeting of European Union foreign ministers.

    Later the same day, she will attend the start of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly, which will be also addressed by U.S. President George W. Bush. Later, she will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Bakoyannis will depart from New York in the afternoon of the same day.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.

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