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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-13

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

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  • [01] PM at EU summit; reference to FYROM
  • [02] Cruiseship runs aground

  • [01] PM at EU summit; reference to FYROM

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrived here at noon for the European Union spring summit and the European People's Party (EPP) meeting. Arriving for the EPP session, Karamanlis indirectly sent a message to the leadership in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), reiterating Greece's keen interest in the stability of its own neighbourhood, the Balkans, while underlining that stability is based mostly on good-neighborly relations and avoiding provocations.

    The PM added that this "European way of conduct" has to be respected by all countries aspiring to become members of Euro-Atlantic institutions and the European family.

    Turning the to the summit focus of climate change and energy, he noted that that the EPP has actively focused on the issue, beginning last June with an EPP congress on climate change held in the NW Greece lake-side city of Ioannina.

    European leaders will also focus on the Lisbon Treaty ratification process and the French idea proposal of a Mediterranean Union.

    CAPTION:ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Cruiseship runs aground

    The tour vessel "Georgis" with 280 passengers on board ran aground on the small islet of Platia, north of the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf, late Thursday afternoon. The ship had been carrying out a one-day cruise around the Saronic Gulf islands.

    Coast guard vessels have been sent to assist, while other ships sailing nearby have also responded to the distress call. Also sent to the scene were four navy mine-sweepers and one torpedo boat, a C-130 aircraft, as well as seven helicopters

    The "Georgis" had set sail on Thursday morning from the port of Piraeus and was scheduled to stop at the islands of Aegina, Hydra and Poros before returning to Piraeus late on Thursday night. As yet, the reasons that caused the ship running aground are not known.

    Weather conditions in the area are reported as excellent, with calm seas and blue skies, so rescuers are confident that there will be no problems in evacuating the passengers from the ship.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a coast guard patrol boat.


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