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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Andreas Papandreou memorial service
  • [02] Bakoyannis in Vienna
  • [03] Wildfires throughout Greece

  • [01] Andreas Papandreou memorial service

    A memorial service was held at the tomb of late prime minister and PASOK party founder Andreas Papandreou at the First Cemetery in Athens at noon on Saturday, on the 12th anniversary of his death.

    The event was held in the presence of PASOK leader and son of the deceased George Papandreou and many party members.

    "Andreas, as the Greek people used to call him, always said 'Greece for the Greeks'. This phrase is always timely today as well, because today the Greek feels a stranger in his country, distanced from a government and a political system that does not respect him and does not protect him. On the contrary, it protects and covers up financial, political and party interests that are involved in corruption, black money, unaccountability and arbitrariness," Papandreou said.

    "I demand from this government that does not dare and that surrenders, a factfinding committee on the Siemens case as a start to deep and big reforms in our political system and I am determined to clash with the government and with the political system and with practices that are unfair for Greece and the Greeks," the PASOK leader added.

    The memorial service was attended by the brother of George Papandreou, Nikos, and the brother of Andreas Papandreou, George, as well as by many Parliamentary deputies and members of PASOK.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of late prime minister and PASOK party founder Andreas Papandreou

    [02] Bakoyannis in Vienna

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will take part in a Lebanon Conference bringing together donors for the construction of a destroyed Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, which will be held in the Austrian capital on Monday.

    Participating in the conference are representatives of more that 50 countries and international organisations, who have been invited by Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa.

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

    [03] Wildfires throughout Greece

    Two new wildfires broke out at noon on Sunday in the prefectures of Magnisia, in western Greece, and Argolida perfecture,northeastern Peloponnese.

    The first is burning scrubland near the town of Mikrothives and the second near the town of Sterna grassland and olive groves. The fires are not threatening residential areas, according to the Fire Brigade.

    Wildfires breaking out earlier in the day in the prefecture of Achaia, on the island of Salamina and at the Elefsina tollgate were reported under control.

    Earlier on Sunday, wildfires broke out in Patra, eastern Peloponnese, and on the island of Salamina,.

    The wildfire in Patra started in the municipality of Olenia at about 10 a.m. and was being tackled by firefighting aircraft, a helicopter and the Fire Brigade.

    The fire in Salamina began shortly before noon in the region of Agios Fanourios and was burning dry grass and forest land. The blaze was likewise being combatted by firefighting aircraft, a helicopter and the Fire Brigade.

    Another wildfire that had broken out in the region of Psatha and Porto Germeno at 10:20 a.m. was reported under partial control on Sunday afternoon, and so was the fire at Aliveri, on the island of Evia, that was burning dry grass and olive trees.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo


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