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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-24

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  • [01] Banquet for Italian President
  • [02] FM: Cyprus a top priority
  • [03] Greece,S.Korea cooperation

  • [01] Banquet for Italian President

    President Karolos Papoulias, addressing a formal dinner he gave on Tuesday night in honour of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who is currently on an official visit to Greece, said that it is a top priority for all, and of the European Union in particular, to heed the anxieties of citizens.

    President Papoulias stressed that together with Italy "we are sharing the same concerns regarding international security. With respect for international law and order as a fundamental principle, we defend the observation of the rules of International Law and respect for human rights and for the principles of democracy."

    The president further said that "we share the same interest in developments in the area of Southeastern Europe. The Balkans have now entered a new era. Greece is making great efforts for a new impetus to be given to the European perspective of the Western Balkans and we hope that the preconditions for its realisation will be completed very soon."

    President Papoulias also referred to the issue of Cyprus, saying that "I consider it unacceptable that the Turkish military occupation is continuing in Cyprus, a member-state of the European Union. That there should still be a European capital, Nicosia, divided with walls. I always believe in a just, viable and workable solution to the problem of Cyprus which will allow Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to live harmoniously in a European environment of security, growth and prosperity."

    Caption: Greek President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias (R) and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano exchange gifts at the presidential mansion on Tuesday 23 September 2008. ANA/MPA/SYMELA PANTZARTZI

    [02] FM: Cyprus a top priority

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias in New York on Tuesday evening.

    "Greece is not indifferent and is at our side," Christofias said after the meeting.

    On her part, Bakoyannis said "the Cyprus problem is our first national issue."

    "As you know, the cooperation between Greece and Cyprus is continuous. Our coordination is necessary. We are both in New York where our meetings must have a common and coordinated message in order for us to be more effective," Bakoyannis said.

    Caption: Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Cypriot President Demetris Christofias in New York on Tuesday 23 September 2008. ANA-MPA/DIMITRIS PANAGOS

    [03] Greece,S.Korea cooperation

    Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas and South Korean Ambassador Young-han Bae on Tuesday signed an economic cooperation agreement between Greece and South Korea for the strengthening of the already high and broad economic relations between the two countries.

    The agreement foresees "the strengthening of bilateral relations, particularly in the sectors of industry, ship building, agriculture, transport and tourism."

    Greece is one of the best customers of Korean ship building industry which during the period 2003-2006, has received 500 orders for ships of Greek interests, while during the period 2003-2005, 150 Greek ships were built, worth 1.2 billion $ dollars per year.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas

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