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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-04

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PASOK on party electoral cooperations
  • [02] Clean coasts
  • [03] Culture minister in Beijing

  • [01] PASOK on party electoral cooperations

    Main opposition PASOK spokeswoman Maria Karaklioumi said on Monday that electoral cooperations were the product of society's needs, while commenting on statements by Greek party officials over the weekend regarding prospective party collaborations.

    "PASOK has formulated its proposal, which concerns the cooperation with the forces of the Left, which the movement considers as ideologically close to it, while it rejected in a categorical manner any prospect of cooperation with the ruling New Democracy (ND) party," Karaklioumi added.

    The spokeswoman also clarified that PASOK's target "is only one, that is, victory and self-reliance in elections".

    "When PASOK is called on to rule, it will seek the consensus of the broadest possible sectors of society so that reforms which will be implemented can have the broadest possible acceptance," she pointed out.

    [02] Clean coasts

    Samples taken by the Health Department of the Eastern Attica Prefecture show that the sea in 181 coasts of the Saronic Gulf and Southern Evia Gulf are clean.

    The laboratory tests of the 181 samples, which were made by a certified laboratory, showed that the quality of the water for swimming in all the coasts corresponded completely with the parameters set by the 1986 Ministerial Decision.

    Samples were taken from Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Koropi, Lagonisi, Saronida, Anavyssos, Fokea, Lavreotiki, Keratea, Markopoulo and Artemida, Rafina, Nea Makri, Marathonas Oropos and other places.

    [03] Culture minister in Beijing

    Visiting Greek Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis met on Monday in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Cai Wu with whom he discussed issues regarding the fight against antiquities smuggling and the broadening of cultural cooperation between the two countries.

    "Greek-Chinese relations are better than ever, while the Greek Year in China has given us the possibility of projecting not only our ancient civilisation but contemporay Greek cultural creation as well," Liapis said after the meeting.

    "We agreed with my counterpart that our two countries can do many things in the sector of culture and mainly in combating antiquities smuggling and their return to their country of origin...We are going to establish a partnership relation, a holy alliance with other countries as well which possess a rich cultural heritage, so that we can unite our forces for the return of antiquities," the Greek minister added.

    Liapis also proposed to his Chinese counterpart the organising of a corresponding China Year in Greece, while inviting him to attend the inauguration events of the New Acropolis Museum.

    The Greek minister inaugurated later an exhibition by Greece's National Archeological Museum titled "Agon", at Beijing's Capital Museum.

    Before meeting his Chinese counterpart, Liapis addressed the Chinese media in light of events organised in the framework of Greece's Cultural Year in China.


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