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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-28

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  • [01] ΚΚΕ supports Cyprus efforts
  • [02] PM, Papandreou on Mumbai
  • [03] Athens Stock Exchange : Decline
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] ΚΚΕ supports Cyprus efforts

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga on Friday expressed concern over the latest developments in the Aegean, but also over the intransigence of the Turkish Cypriot side, after a meeting with visiting Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, adding that the Turkish Cypriot intransigence was supported by the leadership of Turkey.

    The KKE, she said, "supports the efforts of the Cypriot government for a just solution of the Cyprus issue based on the well-known UN resolutions".

    "What we, too, ascertain, is that the Turkish Cypriot side is not just intransigent but continually wants more, even more than under the Annan Plan, and, chiefly, that it is backed by the leadership of Turkey," Papariga said.

    She said that the EU cannot "wash its hands" of the issue, given that Cyprus is an EU member, but neither can the UN leave the issue at a level where the Greek Cypriot side is making efforts, but the other (Turkish Cypriot) side is gaining time to seek its standing intentions.

    The issue also concerns Greece, "as we are worried by the latest developments in the Aegean at a time when many things are turbulent and the financial crisis increases the 'thirst' for vital resources, markets", the KKE leader said.

    "We believe that, if someone wants to contribute, he must exert pressure on the Turkish Cypriot side, and especially on Turkey," Papariga concluded.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist party of Greece leader Aleka Papariga

    [02] PM, Papandreou on Mumbai

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis and main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou expressed their abhorrence over the deadly attacks in India and their support for the Indian people, speaking in parliament on Friday.

    "I unequivocally, and in the most intense manner, condemn the cold-blooded and criminal attacks in India," Karamanlis said, adding that the attacks "cause abhorrence, indignation and anger to all of us".

    "Nothing can justify cowardly attacks against unsuspecting citizens. Nothing is above human life," the prime minister said, and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks, while also expressing Greece's solidarity with the government and people of India.

    Greece, he concluded, was prepared to send a military aircraft to transport injured people to Greece, if required.

    Papandreou, too, expressed PASOK's abhorrence and regret over the attacks and solidarity with the families of the victims.

    As Socialist International (SI) president, Papandreou sent personal letters to the government of India and the leader of the Indian National Congress party Sonia Gandhi.

    Papandreou further assured that he supports every Greek effort for humanitarian support.

    Caption: Mumbai police on duty near the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) while gunfire continues at another top hotel and a Jewish centre in Mumbai on 28 November 2008. ANA-MPA/ EPA/HARISH TYAGI

    [03] Athens Stock Exchange : Decline

    Equity prices were falling on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.96 percent, standing at 1,889.85 points at 12:25 p.m., and turnover at 43.4 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest losses in Insurance, down 3.28 percent; Media, down 3.19 percent; Telecoms, down 2.93 percent and Travel and Recreation, down 2.72 percent.

    The biggest gains were in Personal and Household products up, 1.18 percent; Construction, up 0.30 percent; and Food and Beverages, up 0.19 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.65 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 1.40 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 1.19 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 54 were up, 119 were down, and 34 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    The bloody attacks in Mumbai, and the EU moves on the international financial crisis dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Hiring of 6,500 unemployed".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Greeks from Australia who were celebrating their wedding at a central Mumbai restaurant said: It's a miracle that we're alive!"

    AVGHI: "Health cast into the dustbin and the garbage to the capital - The social state is the victim, before and after the crisis".

    AVRIANI: "Main opposition PASOK party MP Theodoros Pangalos put the blame on former PASOK goverment ministers for the Vatopedi monastery scandal".

    CHORA: "Monk Evdokimos ratted on them all and put them in handcuffs".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Vatopedi monks Anastassios and Evdokimos testified before the parliamentary fact finding commission - ND and PASOK clash over ministers' political responsibilities".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Secret agreement to cover up the scandal - The Vatopedi scandal's consequences are grave for the government and PASOK".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The ice cracks - Hot money funneled into the market".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Army of terrorists spreads blood and chaos - Unidentified Islamist commandos' 'landing' in Mumbai".

    ESTIA: "Europe is delaying - Danger of the crisis intensifying".

    ETHNOS: "Abbot (of Vatopedi Minastery) Ephraim was the supplier in a second Cyprus off-shore company."

    KATHIMERINI: "India's police special forces in battle with the terrorists - Attacks on 9 spots in Mumbai with 125 victims".

    LOGOS: "Shock and awe - India's prime minister Manmohan Singh promises to track down the culprits".

    NIKI: "Ephraim, Ministers made the deals - Evdokimos uncovers the agreements".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Thousands of workers protested on Thursday demanding the plutocracy to pay for the crisis".

    TA NEA: "Banks are giving record interest rates for new deposits - Interest rates of up to 6.6% aiming to collect money".

    TO VIMA: "The Mumbai massacre shocks the world - The spectre of terrorism returns - Western world in state of emergency".

    VRADYNI: "Bankers give positive response to government's liquidity plan, after Karamnalis' final warning".

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