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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-22

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

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  • [01] PM briefed by FM on FYROM name issue developments
  • [02] Athens to launch Recycling Fest

  • [01] PM briefed by FM on FYROM name issue developments

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis conferred on Saturday with foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis on the latest developments in the FYROM name issue, following the latter's recent contacts and her meeting in Brussels with FYROM foreign minister Antonio Milososki on Friday.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bakoyannis said she briefed the premier on the content of the contacts she had, adding that the negotiations for a name solution were continuing, and that there was nothing new on the issue.

    "As you know, there will be a meeting of the negotiators in New York, where a discussion will take place in the framework of the United Nations and on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions," Bakoyannis said.

    Asked if she was optimistic that a solution could prospectively be reached before the critical NATO Summit in Bucharest (on April 1), Bakoyannis replied: "I can't know that. I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic. But if no agreed solution arises that has the stamp of the UN Security Council, then Greece's position is well known".

    Bakoyannis met with her FYROM counterpart Antonio Milososki in Brussels on Friday, in the framework of the ongoing UN-brokered effort for finding a mutually acceptable solution to the FYROM name issue as per the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, according to a foreign ministry announcement.

    The meeting which was hosted by the US, with assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried in attendance, was held with the aim of advancing the ongoing efforts under the mediation of the UN secretary general's personal envoy on the name issue, Matthew Nimetz, with the ultimate goal of the UN process leading to a mutually acceptable outcome, according to foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of prime minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] Athens to launch Recycling Fest

    Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis will officially launch the City of Athens Recycling Fest at Syntagma Square on Sunday afternoon.

    The City of Athens Recycling Fest will be held at Syntagma Square from March 22 through April 5, under the aegis of the Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works and the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

    Popular musician Michalis Hatziyiannis, who was proclaimed a ?Recycling Advocate? as part of the City of Athens Integrated Reciprocal Recycling System last year, will participate in the official opening.

    School students will also take part in the Recycling Fest by:

    - depositing empty recyclable packaging at Integrated Reciprocal Recycling Centres and entering the Great Recycling Competition for schools, which features major prizes

    - learning the benefits of recycling from their participation in the Environmental Education Workshop

    - playing the Recycling Game, which involves quizzes on recycling

    For a period of 15 days, Syntagma Square will host Integrated Reciprocal Recycling Centres at which citizens can deposit metal, plastic, paper and glass packaging as well as batteries and small electrical and electronic devices for recycling.

    The City of Athens Recycling Fest comprises:

    - A Great Recycling Competition for students of all City of Athens schools, with major prizes for those who record the highest participation

    - Various events for people of all ages

    - A music performance on Saturday, April 5, at 20:00, featuring special guests Michalis Hatziyiannis, Glykeria, Despina Olympiou and Konstantinos Rigos, which will prove the highlight and mark the end of the fest.

    Caption: Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis. (ANA-MPA/P. Saitas)


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