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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-15

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  • [01] Ecumenical Patriarch, Patriarch of All Russia on Rhodes
  • [02] Greek bid to host World Mountain Rescue Con'f
  • [03] FM spokesman again comments on US visa waiver program
  • [04] Spokesman on Cyprus issue

  • [01] Ecumenical Patriarch, Patriarch of All Russia on Rhodes

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (Vartholomeos) and the Orthodox Primates accompanying him on a tour tracing in the travels of the Apostle Paul, are on the Dodecanese island of Rhodes. Later in the afternoon, the Orthodox clerics will attend a symposium dedicated to the life and work of the Apostle Paul, organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Bartholomew is accompanied by Patriarchs Alexy of Moscow and All Russia; Theodoros of Alexandria and All Africa; Ignatius of Antioch; Theophilos of Jerusalem, as well as Archbishops Chrysostomos of Cyprus, Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, Anastasios of Tirana, Christopher of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, Leo of Finland and Stephanos of Tallinn and Estonia. The Churches of Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia and Poland are represented by hierarchs.

    [02] Greek bid to host World Mountain Rescue Con'f

    A Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) delegation has presented its proposal to host the next world conference on mountain rescue in Kalabaka, Trikala prefecture of central Greece, in October 2010 or 2011. A candidacy file, presented at the World Mountain Rescue Conference held in the French Alpine city of Chamonix last week, included information on the wider region and the 3rd Conference on Alpine rescue, hosted in Kalabaka last May. Kalabaka lies beneath the Meteora rock formations.

    [03] FM spokesman again comments on US visa waiver program

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Wednesday again touched on Washington's failure to include Greece in the US visa waiver program, when asked to comment on a Bush administration refusal to fulfill Athens' long-standing request. Koumoutsakos pointed to a previous foreign ministry statement on the subject, whereby "the Greek side expresses a hope that this will not be an irreversible decision." A statement issued afterwards by the US embassy noted that the process is in progress, he added. Responding to a question on whether Greece's exclusion from the visa waiver program qualifies as some sort of "retribution" by the outgoing Bush administration for certain aspects of the Greek foreign policy, Koumoutsakos repeated a statement by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, namely, that Greece neither comprehends nor accepts the application of pressure tactics between allies.

    [04] Spokesman on Cyprus issue

    The foreign ministry on Wednesday described as a "positive initiative" Cyprus President Demetris Christofias' decision to cancel the military exercise code-named Nikiforos.

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos, in reply to press questions, said that, judging from the result -- given that Christofias' move was followed by a decision by the Turkish Cypriot side to cancel its own "Toros" military exercises -- the Cyprus President's decision was a "positive initiative" that "contributes to the creation of an appropriate climate for enhancing the negotiations effort for resolving the Cyprus issue".

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias announced on Monday his decision to cancel "Nikiforos", the Cyprus' National Guard annual military exercise while the Turkish Cypriot side announced late Monday its decision to cancel the military exercise "Toros".

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