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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-29

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  • [01] PASOK leader on developments in Gaza
  • [02] Protests outside Israeli embassy

  • [01] PASOK leader on developments in Gaza

    Main opposition PASOK party leader and Socialist International (SI) President George Papandreou held a series of telephone conversations on Monday, in the framework of preparations for initiatives by the Socialist International on the dramatic developments in the Middle East, according to party announcement.

    Papandreou communicated with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, "who has in-depth knowledge of the situation in the region of the crisis, since he had served as the European Union's special representative for the Middle East during the period of the Greek EU Presidency."

    The PASOK leader then spoke with the joint presidents of the Socialist International's Committee for the Middle East, Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store, and Pierro Fascino, with whom "he made an extensive probe of the possibilities of intervention by the Socialist International in the crisis, both immediately, to enable a ceasefire from all sides and a ceasefire agreement, as well as in the depth of time, to have the preconditiins shaped for a peaceful dialogue."

    Papandreou had a telephone conversation on Sunday with the General Secretary of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, in light of the League's special summit.

    His contacts with officials of the international community will be continuing in the coming days, the announcement concluded.

    [02] Protests outside Israeli embassy

    Three separate protests converged on the Israeli embassy in Athens on Monday afternoon, as demonstrators vented their anger over the recent Israeli air raids in Gaza.

    Arabs and Palestinians living in Greece staged the first protest, with three arrests reported when demonstrators tried to break through a riot police barricade and enter the embassy's premises. According to reports, one man, identified as a Syrian national, was arrested and taken to police headquarters when he tried to tear at the Israeli flag.

    Riot police intially detained three men, identified as foreign nationals living in Greece.

    Separate rallies followed by the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

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