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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-19

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  • [01] Papoulias to tour Messinia on Tues.
  • [02] US House resolution on FYROM issue

  • [01] Papoulias to tour Messinia on Tues.

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias will visit Messinia prefecture on Tuesday.

    On Tuesday morning, Papoulias will unveil the bust of the 1821 Greek War of Independence hero Theodoros Kolokotronis in his birthplace of Ramovouni, Meligala district, while at noon he will be declared a citizen of Kalamata, at a special ceremony at Town Hall, during which Papoulias will also be presented with the Gold Key of the city.

    The government will be represented at the unveiling ceremony by Deputy Education Minister Andreas Lykourentzos.

    Caption: President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias. ANA-MPA.

    [02] US House resolution on FYROM issue

    Nearly one-fourth of all US House of Representatives have signed a high-profile Resolution urging the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to cease its use of propaganda - mostly irredentist -- and work with the United Nations and Greece to find a mutually acceptable solution for the long-standing "name issue" separating Athens and Skopje.

    The US House Resolution also calls on FYROM to respect and implement provisions of Article VII of the "interim agreement" of September 1995 agreed to by Athens and Skopje -- a landmark deal that normalised relations between the two Balkan neighbours in practically every sector, sans one, the thorny "name issue".

    In pointing to provocations, the Resolution cites textbooks still used by the landlocked former Yugoslav republic's military academies and the recent renaming of Skopje's airport into "Alexander the Great" airport. Along these lines, the US House Resolution calls on the country's leadership to revise school textbooks and maps.

    The Resolution was introduced last May by the co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Robert Wexler (D-FL); the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Europe Elton Gallegly (R-CA), and fellow co-chair of the Hellenic Caucus Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).

    Only three other US House Resolutions - out of the 816 introduced during the current 110th Congress - have been signed by more that 100 members, namely, a Resolution on the genocide in Darfur; Japanese policy during WWII and one regarding the Armenian Genocide.

    Caption: A file photo shows members of the US House of Representatives walk down the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on 17 July 2007. ANA-MPA/ EPA/STEFAN ZAKLIN

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