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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-27

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

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  • [01] Sarkozy in Greek Parliament
  • [02] Kassimis visits Calabria

  • [01] Sarkozy in Greek Parliament

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy will address the Greek Parliament plenum on Friday, June 6. A relevant request was approved by the House, with reservations on the part of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), following a proposal by Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas.

    Briefing the Parliamentary deputies, Sioufas said that President Sarkozy himself had expressed the desire to address the Parliament plenum, that was accepted by President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    Speaking by telephone with the leaders of the Parliamentary parties, Sioufas ascertained the agreement of PASOK leader George Papandreou, Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alekos Alavanos and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis, while KKE Secretary General Aleka Papariga expressed reservations.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.EPA/LUCAS DOLEGA

    [02] Kassimis visits Calabria

    The Greek state will be even more supportive of the Griko or Grecanic communities of southern Italy in the future, helping preserve two Greek dialects that have survived through the centuries to the present day, Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis promised on Monday during a visit to the Griko villages in Calabria and Puglia.

    During a brief but highly active visit, the minister but also Italian authorities expressed a desire to make bilateral relations even closer and pave the way for more systematic legislative changes in education and culture.

    Efforts to revive Griko - an oral language resembling modern Greek that survived through the centuries but has now been restricted mainly to older local inhabitants in the villages speaking the dialect - began in the 1990s with the assistance of funds from the Community's Interreg programme. The programme also includes some local dialects in Greece, such as in Epirus or the Ionian islands.

    Part of the programme also provides for collaboration between universities in Italy and Greece through postgraduate scholarships to study the traditions of Grecanic-speaking Puglia and the teaching of modern Greek in local schools.

    Caption: Deputy foreign minister Theodoros Kassimis during his visit to Kalimera village in Calabria,Italy on Sun.25 May 2008.ANA-MPA/VASSILIS KOUTROUMANOS


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