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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-03

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

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  • [01] Karamanlis to meet FinMin
  • [02] Papaligouras on piracy

  • [01] Karamanlis to meet FinMin

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis received on Friday the member of French Parliament and President of the Poitou-Charentes regional council Segolene Royal at the Maximos mansion.No statements were made after the meeting. Later, Karamanlis will meet with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis.On Thursday the premier underlined that The government will persevere with the reforms needed to put the country on track and not back down . He made the statement after chairing a meeting of the full cabinet to discuss the ramifications of the global economic crisis and the government's response to it.

    "Greece has only one path it can take. The path that leads ahead. And I am here to push things forward. This government was elected to change things and it will change things. This is the mandate I was given and intend to honour," Karamanlis said.

    [02] Papaligouras on piracy

    Merchant Marine, Aegean and Island Policy Minister Anastasios Papaligouras has undertaken an initiative on the issue of combatting piracy in the region of Somalia.

    The minister has sent a letter to the European Union, stressing the need for European maritime forces to be supported in Somalia in the framework of relevant initiatives by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

    Papaligouras pointed out in the letter to European Commission vice president Antonio Tajani and the EU's Transport Council presiding official J. Borloo that the increase in pirate attacks in Somalia "constitutes a serious threat not only for the personal safety of seamen but for the smooth operation of international shipping as well and, consequently, constant vigilance and increased patrols are necessary in the framework of international legality."

    He also called on the European Council's presidency and on the European Commission to "act immediately, together with an understanding with NATO, to improve the coordination of the operations of member-states and of the EU in Somalia to achieve a more effective handling of this serious threat."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Merchant Marine, Aegean and Island Policy Minister Anastasios Papaligouras


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