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

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  • [01] PASOK: 'complete impasse due to gov't crisis'
  • [02] WCCCI concert in Athens

  • [01] PASOK: 'complete impasse due to gov't crisis'

    The political crisis and scandals that were rocking the ranks of ruling New Democracy and its government were leading the country to a total impasse, main opposition PASOK's National Council Secretary Yiannis Ragoussis stressed on Wednesday. He also left open the possibility of collaboration between PASOK and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).

    "This situation cannot continue. The country is not being governed and the Greek people cannot continue to pay for the policies and dead-ends of this government. [Prime Minister Costas] Karamanlis can have as many reshuffles as he likes. But he cannot change the opinion that Greek citizens have for his government any more," Ragoussis stressed when asked if the government was going into a "counter-attack".

    Regarding the possibility of forming an alliance with SYRIZA in the next elections after a proposal by its leader Alekos Alavanos for joint action, Ragoussis said that this was an issue that would arise time and again because there would be developments.

    "Without a trace of arrogance or conceit, with respect for the progressive forces of the rest of the opposition, we deeply believe that PASOK's goal, the fully attainable goal of a majority victory for the Movement in the next national elections, is absolutely compatible with the goal of cooperation and joint action so that the country emerges from the impasse as soon as possible and hope returns to Greece's citizens as soon as possible," he said.

    Questioned about a possible closer association between ND and the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party, the PASOK official said this was not PASOK's concern.

    "Our concern is the fact that the country is at a complete impasse. Greek citizens are outraged with a situation that cannot continue any longer," he underlined.

    He also hinted at additional evidence soon to emerge that the scandal surrounding the land deals carried out by the Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos also involved top government echelons and were a political problem.

    [02] WCCCI concert in Athens

    A concert at the <font size="3" face="Arial">Herod Atticus <font size="3" face="Arial Greek">Odeon, beneath the Acropolis, is scheduled for Wednesday evening as part of efforts<font size="3" face="Arial Greek"> to raise funds for children living in high risk areas due to war, political instability, or economic and social hardship. The event, organised by the World Centres of Compassion for Children International (WCCCI) and the Municipality of Athens, will be the first of five to be staged worldwide. The proceeds will assist WCCCI in the creation of the first "City of Peace," a self-sufficient, ecologically conscious community to be built in the Basilicata region of Italy. The land, initially designated as a nuclear waste dumping ground, will instead welcome children from war<font size="3" face="Arial">-torn areas into a peace-oriented city and provide them with housing, education and healthcare facilities. "There will be people looking after the children who practise love and compassion," Betty Williams, founder and chairman of WCCCI and Nobel <font size="3" face="Arial">Peace Laureate, said at a press conference on Tuesday. "We have secured 50 acres for building and one mile of Mediterranean coast," she said<font size="3" face="Arial">, adding: "t<font size="3" face="Arial Greek">here will be farms to teach the children how to grow plants and care for animals." Williams added that Jaguar Sports will contribute recreation centres and the Albert Schweitzer Institute will provide a medical facility.<font size="3" face="Arial"> Performers <font size="3" face="Arial Greek">Marios<font size="3" face="Arial Greek"> Frangoulis and Lara Fabian will <font size="3" face="Arial">headline the Athens concert. CAPTION: Mayor of Athens Nikitas Kaklamanis, WCCCI founder Betty Williams and singers Marios Frangoulis and Lara Fabian at a press conference in City Hall on 23 September 2008. ANA-MPA/G. Antoniou
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