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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-27

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  • [01] FM briefs KKE leader
  • [02] Zachopoulos' case developments
  • [03] Two new luxury hotels in Messinia
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] FM briefs KKE leader

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis received Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga on Wednesday , whom she briefed on developments regarding the issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) name.

    Speaking after the meeting, Papariga said that "it is our assessment that there is no substantive development on the issue and consequently it remains open."

    Papariga further said that "a name should be sought that, which, while comprising the term Macedonia-Macedonian, should secure that it is exclusively a geographical term," adding that "it must be followed by the other parameters as well which are first, the removal of irredentist clauses from where they exist, and second the fact that there is no Macedonian ethnic entity. These are strong enough elements for us in comparison with the A or B formulation of the name."

    Bakoyannis is also scheduled to meet on Thursday with the leaders of main opposition PASOK, Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) and Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) party.

    Caption: Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis (L) and Communist Party of Greece Secretary General Aleka Papariga on Wed.26 March 2008 at the Foreign Ministry in Athens.ANA-MPA/SYMELA PANTZARTZI

    [02] Zachopoulos' case developments

    A labour expert accused of involvement in the case of former Culture Ministry secretary general Christos Zachopoulos will be remanded in custody, following a 12-hour testimony he made before a special investigator on Wednesday.

    He was summoned to testify in relation to charges of attempted extortion, the violation of the personal data law and participation in attempted suicide.

    At the end of his testimnony and after the investigator and the public prosecutor reached their unanimous decision on his being remanded in custody, his lawyers said that he continues to trust justice and he will carry on his effort since he is innocent.

    Asked what the defendant is claiming regarding the charge of attempted extortion, the lawyers reiterated that he is innocent and stressed that the extortion had taken place much earlier than November 20, when he had met the 35-year-old woman (who has already been remanded in custody).

    The defendant will be taken to the security police's headquarters on Wednesday night and then to the Korydallos prison on Thursday morning where, according to his lawyers, he will ask to be taken to the prison's infirmary.

    Caption: The labour expert while arrives to the office of the special investigator on Wed.26 March 2008.ANA-MPA/PANTELIS SAITAS

    [03] Two new luxury hotels in Messinia

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Wednesday announced the signing of a long-term partnership agreement with Temes SA for the operation of two new luxury resort hotels in Messinia, southwestern Peloponese. The agreement covers the Romanos Navarino Dunes Resort, The Luxury Collection, and the Westin Navarino Dunes Resort, located in the Costa Navarino complex in the region. Costa Navarino is a new luxury destination in the Mediterranean, a region of hills and mountains covered with green, with wind-protected bays, sandy beaches and valleys of olive trees and vineyards. Navarino Dunes covers an area of 1,300 stremmata (one stremma=1,000 sq.m.). Romanos Navarino Dunes Resort, The Luxury Collection, will have 321 luxury rooms and suites with 142 private pools, while Westin Navarino Dunes Resort will have 445 luxury rooms and suites and 123 private pools. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, operates eigh hotel units in Greece: Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Astir Palace Vouliagmeni, Blue Palace Resort & Spa in Elounda, Crete, Santa Marina Resort in Myconos and Vedema Resort and Mystique in Santorini.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo /ALEXANDROS BELTES

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The motion of censure tabled by main opposition PASOK in parliament and the government's and parties' reactions,the FYROM name issue and the new collective labour agreement between the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSE) and the Federation of Greek Industries (SEB) dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "12.42% raise in salaries (over 2 years) following the signing of the new collective labor agreement".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Ruling party New Democracy (ND) is the winner in the poker game between PASOK and parliamentary group SYRIZA - 3-day battle in parliament with vote of confidence at midnight Friday".

    AVGHI: "Political and social block on the government - Over 100,000 signatures collected calling for referendum (on social security reforms)".

    AVRIANI: "PASOK's motion of censure is a desperate move -PASOK leader George Papandreou took the initiative in order to stop being called Alavanos' (SYRIZA leader) tail".

    CHORA: "People's cost of living on fire" according to a survey held by the Greek Consumer Center.

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "SYRIZA proposes a referendum, PASOK tables motion of censure, and the race of impressions among the opposition begins".

    ELEFTHEROS: "George (Papandreou) gives a helping hand to Costas (Karamanlis) - Motion of censure rallies together ND and PASOK parliament member around their leaders".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Veto on the horizon - UN meditator on the FYROM name issue Matthew Nimetz's proposal obliterates the possibility of a solution".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "PASOK's motion of censure against the government's anti-social face puts Karamanlis in the corner".

    ESTIA: "Obnoxious opposition - Motion of censure , referendum, turmoil".

    ETHNOS: "Double obstacle to the anti-social security draft law - PASOK tables motion of censure following SYRIZA proposal for a referendum".

    KATHIMERINI: "Agreement for social peace between SEB and GSEE - They signed a collective labour agreement with a 12.42 raise over a two-year period".

    LOGOS: "Pleasant incredulity - Why Papandreou tabled the motion of censure".

    NIKI: "Apologise, Mr. Karamanlis - PASOK blocks and reveals the government's insidious plans".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "ND and PASOK leaderships are deluding the people".

    TA NEA: "The motion of censure took ND by suprise and divided SYRIZA".

    TO VIMA: "PASOK woke up! He (Papandreou) took everyone by surprise with the motion of censure ".

    VRADYNI: "Words for the sake of impressions - PASOK, SYRIZA keep playing communication games without any political usefullness".

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