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

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  • [01] Patriarch-Nimetz meeting on Athos
  • [02] Illegal migrant arrests on Lesvos

  • [01] Patriarch-Nimetz meeting on Athos

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos (Bartholomew I) briefly met with UN special mediator for the FYROM "name issue" Matthew Nimetz on Saturday in the semi-autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos. The "primus inter pares" of Eastern Orthodox patriarchs arrived in the monastic community to attend events at the Dionysiou Monastery.

    Nimetz, who held talks with the Greek envoy in the negotiations, Amb. Adamantios Vassilakis, a day earlier in Thessaloniki, arrived in Mount Athos for a private visit accompanied by Vassilakis and Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria Mihail.

    In a brief comment to attending reporters, the American diplomat said he provided the Ecumenical Patriarch with an overview of the ongoing talks between Athens and Skopje, while adding that Vartholomeos also offered his encouragement and support in his diplomatic mission.

    According to press, reports the two men also discussed issues dealing with other Orthodox churches in the region, peace and human rights.

    Caption: A file photo of UN mediator for the "name dispute" between Greece and FYROM, Matthew Nimetz, as he exits the foreign ministry in Athens on 18 April 2008. ANA-MPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

    [02] Illegal migrant arrests on Lesvos

    A total of 42 illegal immigrants were intercepted and arrested overnight Saturday and in the morning in three separate instances on and around the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos.

    In two instances, the illegals were detected aboard flimsy vessels attempting to approach Greek, and by extension, EU territory. Thirty-two illegals, all described as Third World nationals, were spotted in the Eptalofos site on Lesvos.

    Coast guard officials said the would-be migrants claimed they had disembarked for the opposite Turkish coast in an attempt to cross-over into Greece.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a Hellenic Coast Guard patrol boat on duty in the eastern Aegean.

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