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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-24

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  • [01] ND, PASOK sec't comments
  • [02] Activists reach Gaza coast

  • [01] ND, PASOK sec't comments

    Both secretaries for two large mainstream political parties, ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK, were quoted in an Athens daily on Sunday, with ND Secretary Lefteris Zagoritis dismissing the latest press speculation regarding early elections, a recurring theme in many Athens dailies' political coverage in non-election years.

    In referring to the ongoing difficult international economic situation, Zagoritis said the government is working hard to push through with its reforms and changes.

    Meanwhile, PASOK secretary Yiannis Ragoussis stressed that "all of our cadres realize that the party cannot suffer another (election) defeat", whereas the country's good demands that the next government be led by PASOK. He also projected that PASOK will win the most votes in the 2009 Euro-elections.

    Both men were quoted in the Sunday edition of the Athens daily "Eleftherotypia".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Yiannis Ragoussis.

    [02] Activists reach Gaza coast

    One of the two wooden vessels (caiques) that arrived on Saturday afternoon in Gaza, part of an effort to symbolically bypass an Israeli blockade, will attempt to return to Cyprus on Tuesday carrying 10 Palestinians students, according to reports.

    The two boats, carrying 46 peace activists, arrived without incident in the Gaza Strip from Cyprus on Saturday, despite warnings from Israeli officials.

    Speaking to the CNA from Gaza, one of the activists, Israeli professor Jeff Halper said that "we broke the siege of Gaza ... the reason Israel let us through was because we did not constitute a security threat."

    "Israel has no right not to allow free movement in the region as long as a ship, or an airplane, or a traveller does not constitute a security threat and is willing to be checked for weapons," he added.

    He announced that one of the two boats that arrived last night in Gaza will attempt to return Cyprus on Tuesday carrying 10 Palestinians students, adding that "this is a test of breaking the siege". (CNA/ANA-MPA)

    Caption: One of the two boats of the "Free Gaza" protest group arrives from Cyprus, in Gaza City, on 23 August 2008. Thousands of Palestinians were on hand at the strip's fishing port to welcome the activists aboard the vessels, named "Free Gaza" and the "Liberty". ANA-MPA/EPA/M. SABER

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