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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou on economic crisis
  • [02] Ship stops research operations
  • [03] Athens Polytechnic events begin

  • [01] Papandreou on economic crisis

    Main opposition PASOK party leader and Socialist International President George Papandreou said on Friday, speaking at a conference on the economic crisis, security and prospects appearing at global level in a hall of New York's New School university, that a solution to the economic crisis is surely not a technical issue, despite the fact that one should view technical aspects.

    Papandreou said that basically it is a political issue and concerns the most basic global values and options.

    "It is essential for us to resolve the current crisis in a way that strengthens citizens, peoples, our societies so that we will be able to handle effectively, fairly and in a sustainable way the terrifying planetary changes," he said.

    The PASOK leader went on to say that globalisation must be for people and from people, adding that "we need a democratic change for a democratic global governance that will safeguard the participation of the weak, the poor, the middle class, the small and medium-size enterprises and the productive forces of the world."

    Papandreou further said that "what do we see? Instead of global solutions our problems are worsening with the economic crisis that has revealed a big problem, the amazing accumulation of money by the few and that is only paralleled, of course, by the accumulation of the strength of the mass media that has led in turn to the concentration of political power and, at the same time, to the corruption of our democratic institutions."

    [02] Ship stops research operations

    The Norwegian research ship Malene Ostervold has sent a message informing that it has stopped its research operations in the sea region southeast of the island of Kastelorizo.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said in an announcement on Saturday that as of Friday, November 14, the Norwegian research ship "Malene Ostervold" had entered the region of the southeastern Mediterranean and more specifically, to the south and to the east of Kastelorizo to carry out, outside Greek territorial waters, geophysical research for Turkish interests, accompanied by the Turkish frigate "Gediz."

    "Given that according to the relevant provisions of the International Agreement on Sea Law, a large part of this region includes the Greek continental shelf, the Foreign Ministry, in constant contact and coordination with the Defence Ministry, has made demarches as of yesterday to the Norwegian ambassador and to the Turkish ambassador in Athens, as well as to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara, at the level of Assistant Deputy Foreign Minister," Koumoutsakos said.

    The spokesman further said that "at noon today, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis communicated with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Stere" and that "apart from this and following relevant instructions by the minister, the Greek ambassador in Oslo communicated with the shipping company owning the Norwegian research ship to notify it of Greece's relevant positions."

    Koumoutsakos also said that a short while ago "the Norwegian research ship informed with a relevant message that it is stopping research activities in the specific region."

    The National Defence General Staff also announced that the Norwegian ship "Malene Ostervold" informed the gunboat "Polemistis" that it was stopping its research operations.

    [03] Athens Polytechnic events begin

    The Athens Polytechnic opened its gates on Saturday morning for events commemorating the student uprising in November, 1973, against the military dictatorship ruling Greece at the time.

    The three-day events on the 35th anniversary of the uprising will heighten at noon on Monday with the established march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens. Thousands of police have been placed on standby and, as is the case every year, the Polytechnic premises will be guarded by students and university professors.

    The Polytechnic's administration is taking all the necessary measures to ensure that all the events scheduled to take place in the main building will develop smoothly.


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