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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-07

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  • [01] Bakoyannis in Turkey
  • [02] Zachopoulos ready to testify
  • [03] Interior Min.on Women‚s Day
  • [04] Pope invites Ecumenical Patriarch

  • [01] Bakoyannis in Turkey

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will pay a two-day working visit to neighbouring Turkey on Friday and Saturday.

    Bakoyannis will meet with her Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan and will be also received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

    On the occasion, Bakoyannis will also participate at the 4th "Women in Local Government Congress", being held in Turkey.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis

    [02] Zachopoulos ready to testify

    Former culture ministry general secretary Christos Zachopoulos has expressed a desire to testify before a special magistrate investigating a case of alleged blackmail against him, his lawyer revealed on Friday.

    Speaking during a press conference, attorney Alexandros Lykourezos said he had seen Zachopoulos and that the former general secretary's health was visibly improved, almost three months after he fell from his four-storey apartment balcony.

    Lykourezos also said his client expressed a desire to file a civil suit in the case against all possible suspects that might arise during the magistrate's investigation.

    According to the attorney, one of Greece's best known litigators, Zachopoulos has followed developments in the case, has no problems communicating and is able to testify before the magistrate, while there are no objections from a psychologist treating him.

    The magistrate has already been informed and will consult with the medical team treating Zachopoulos in order to take his testimony at his hospital bedside

    Zachopoulos has been hospitalised Dec. 20 following an attempted suicide.

    Caption: File photo of attorney Alexandros Lykourezos. ANA-MPA

    [03] Interior Min.on Women‚s Day

    The Interior Ministry's work on gender equality was assessed by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos in a message Friday on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Pavlopoulos stated that the new Employee Code guarantees the adoption of an institutional framework against domestic violence and the establishment of a National Committee on Equality while, at the same time, bolstering the role of women in the job market and the decision-making centers and adopting measures to assist working mothers. Special measures have been adopted for vulnerable groups of women who need additional support such as mothers of three or more children, mothers of children with disabilities, victims of violence or exploitation, women farmers, women immigrants and others. He also referred to the new election law and the measures taken encouraging the participation of women candidates by introducing a 1/3 gender quota. Pavlopoulos pointed out that efforts will intensify further to create even more favorable prospects for women.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos

    [04] Pope invites Ecumenical Patriarch

    Istanbul (ANA-MPA/A. Kourkoulas) -- The Catholic Pope extended two new invitations to the Ecumenical Patriarch to visit Rome again, during their meeting on Thursday at the Vatican.

    Pope Benedict XVI invited Ecumenical Patrarch Bartholomew to take part in the celebrations of the Feast Day of Saints (Apostles) Peter and Paul on June 29, so that they could together inaugurate the Year dedicated to the Apostle Paul.

    He also invited the Ecumenical Patriarch to also jointly preside in the official opening of the World Meeting of Catholic Bishops.

    These overtures reaffirm the priority set by the new Pontiff on healing the wounds that for centuries have separated the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

    Speaking on Thursday at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Vartholomeos described the two Churches as the "lungs" of Christianity, urging that "the two lungs must function in harmony", and adding that "neither of the two lungs should take provocative initiatives".

    He also called on the Pontifical Oriental Institutue, which is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its founding, to contribute to the rapprochement between East and West.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch also presided over the academic events marking the 90th anniversary of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, of which Bartholomew is an alumnus, and will hold the Institute's "The Sir Daniel and Countess Bernardien Murphy Donoue Chair in Oriental Theology" this year.

    Caption: A member of the ceremonial Swiss Guard salutes as Pope Benedict XVI enters a hall of the Vatican City 5 March 2008 for his weekly Wednesday general audience.ANA-MPA/ EPA/DANILO SCHIAVELLA

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