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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-23

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Hu Jintao in Greece on Mon.
  • [02] FM thanks Albania over military cemetery agreement
  • [03] Byzantine collection in Prespes inaugurated
  • [04] SAE con'f in Chicago concludes
  • [05] KKE leader address in Sparta
  • [06] Olympiakos, PAOK advance

  • [01] Hu Jintao in Greece on Mon.

    The President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao will arrive on Monday in Athens.

    Hu Jintao will pay a three-day official visit in Greece, during which he will also be present at the signing of a Piraeus port container terminal contract between the Greek state and Cosco Pacific Ltd.

    On Monday afternoon, the Chinese leader will be received by Greek President Karolos Papoulias before talks with Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] FM thanks Albania over military cemetery agreement

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Friday praised an agreement with Albania that opens the way for the creation of two military cemeteries in the neighbouring country to properly bury the remains of Greek soldiers that fell there during the early stages of World War II.

    "Yesterday, in Tirana, Greece and Albania initialled an agreement on the creation of two military cemeteries in Albania for the Greek soldiers who fell on the battlefield during the 1940-1941 Greek-Italian war. This settles an issue of particular humanitarian and emotional importance for all Greek people, whose historical memory of this period remains vivid; a milestone in our long-standing struggle for freedom.

    "We would like to express our satisfaction and thanks to the Albanian government and to the Albanian people for their cooperation and understanding, which led to a successful outcome of this decades-old matter," she added

    [03] Byzantine collection in Prespes inaugurated

    Culture Minister Michalis Liapis on Sunday inaugurated an exhibition centre for a Byzantine collection of Aghios Germanos in the Prespes Lakes district of northwest Greece, as well as the temporary exhibition "Prespes: Byzantine Monuments in a Wetlands."

    The collection established in order to project the Byzantine and post-Byzantine history of pristine Prespes region, as depicted in the area's numerous surviving monuments.

    "We succeeded in making Aghios Achillios islet and the shores of Lesser and Greater Prespes lakes accessible to visitors. This temporary exhibition will serve as an archaeological course amid a natural and cultural environment, in total harmony throughout the centuries," he said.

    On Sunday evening, Liapis will attend the closing and international awards ceremony at the 49th annual Thessaloniki Film Festival.

    [04] SAE con'f in Chicago concludes

    CHICAGO (ANA-MPA) -- World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) conference here focusing on youth, culture and national issues, concluded its works on Sunday with an address by SAE president Stefanos Tamvakis.

    "Our main target is the continuous and constructive contact with overseas Hellenism's grass roots, while SAE is taking its first steps towards financial autonomy and by its expansion," Tamvakis said.

    Referring to Greece's national issues, Tamvakis told delegates that that "it is our duty to support Greece whenever needed, even if such actions are not always concurrent with our personal beliefs."

    Referring to the FYROM "name issue", the SAE president said organisation does not exercise foreign policy, rather it supports the Greek state "in crucial times ... we stick together and united we face, with boldness, every external threat".

    He also cited efforts Greek-Americans to push for Greece's inclusion into the US Visa Waiver Program, noting that he strongly believes that a solution will be reached in the near future allowing Greek citizens to enter the United States without a visa.

    All of the speakers emphasised youth's role in SAE developments, while Tamvakis announced that coordinators of SAE's seven peripheries will be present at the next SAE summit in December.

    Greek MPs Nikos Tsiartsionis (New Democracy), Eva Kaili (PASOK) and Adonis Georgiadis (LA.OS) were present at the conference.

    [05] KKE leader address in Sparta

    Events commemorating the Communist Party of Greece's (KKE) 90th anniversary since its foundation were concluded on Sunday in Sparta, with an address by KKE leader Aleka Papariga.

    "We honor KKE and the 3rd division of the Democratic Army of Greece, which saw major action during the Nazi occupation in Greece and the years after; we the fighters that were killed after exhausting their last bullet," Papariga said, in referring to the KKE-led rebel force during the Greek Civil War (1946-49).

    Papariga underlined that "it may not always be easy to quote in our everyday life the historical facts, but when we refer to history, whenever we speak of commemorations, we cannot be oblivious and provide an excuse towards the stance of the country's upper classes and their political delegates in the years of national resistance and the post-occupation years."

    "We are deeply satisfied and proud, without any hint of arrogance, of the fact that in Greece and within international movements a Marxist-Leninist communist party exists today, one that is ascending, which is mature and strong and remains steady and strong in the most difficult phase of modern history -- the phase of an international downturn after the victory of the counter-revolution".

    [06] Olympiakos, PAOK advance

    Olympiakos Piraeus remained firmly atop the Greek Super League standings on Sunday following the club's easy 3-0 away win against Iraklis Thessaloniki a day earlier. PAOK Thessaloniki held on to second place with an unconvincing 1-0 win at home on Sunday against Larissa.

    Results of other matches over the weekend:

    PANSERRAIKOS SERRES - PANTHRAKIKOS KOMOTINI 1-2

    PANATHINAIKOS ATHENS - THRASYVOULOS ATHENS 3-0

    ASTERAS TRIPOLIS -ERGOTELIS CRETE 3-1

    PANIONIOS ATHENS - LEVADIAKOS LIVADIA 1-0

    OFI CRETE - AEK ATHENS 1-1

    XANTHI - ARIS THESSALONIKI 1-1

    STANDINGS (after 11 matches)

    OLYMPIAKOS 26

    PAOK 22

    XANTHI 20

    PANATHINAIKOS 19

    AEK 16

    ERGOTELIS 15

    PANTHRAKIKOS 15

    ARIS 15

    PANIONIOS 14

    LARISSA 13

    ASTERAS TRIPOLIS 12

    LEVADIAKOS 12

    IRAKLIS 11

    PANSERRAIKOS 9

    OFI 8

    THRASYVOULOS 7

    Caption: AEK Athens' Pantelis Kaffes (L) vies for the ball against an OFI Crete defender in a Greek Super League match at the Pankritio Stadium during the 11th week of play on Sunday, 23 November, 2008. The match ended 1-1. ANA-MPA / S. RAPANIS


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