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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-23

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  • [01] Papariga on sunflower oil furor
  • [02] Foreign minister due in Brussels

  • [01] Papariga on sunflower oil furor

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga referred on Friday to the ongoing issue of contaminated sunflower oil, charging that the European Union "allowed the import of sunflower oil by all countries freely because it believes the Ukrainian companies can assume control." She also referred to "the EU's contempt for health food rules."

    Papariga further said that "above all, there is a problem of competition of interests" and stressed that "as far as we are concerned, no assurance holds, since production and trade and control are in the hands of monopolies."

    Also, in commenting on a meeting between the FM Dora Bakoyannis and a Kosovo official, the KKE leader said that "we consider the choice made by the Foreign Minister to meet, officially or unoficially ... with her counterpart from the new protectorate of Kosovo as a provocation. This is tantamount to recognition, at a time when fragmentation of countries should be condemned, and that of Serbia in particular; at a time when the creation of more and more protectorates in the Balkans is being organised. It is a provocation."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of KKE Secretary General Aleka Papariga.

    [02] Foreign minister due in Brussels

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is to travel to Brussels on Monday to take part in the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council, that will also coincide with a joint council of EU foreign and defence ministers focusing on European Security and Defence Policy, Afghanistan and the participation of children in armed conflict.

    She will be accompanied by deputy foreign ministers Yiannis Valinakis and Petros Doukas.

    The EU foreign ministers' meeting will discuss preparations for the European Council on June 19, developments in the western Balkans with particular emphasis on Serbia, and the situation in Iraq, Georgia and the Middle East.

    At the customary dinner, meanwhile, EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss relations between the EU and the US.

    Also to be held on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' council is the EU and European Economic Area Council, the EU-Turkey Association Council and the EU-Moldova Cooperation Council.

    On Tuesday, Bakoyannis will hold a dinner for former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and on Wednesday she will meet with Cyprus' Presidential Commissioner Georgios Iacovou, followed by the special representative of the International Francophonie Organisation Henri Lopes.

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

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