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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-07

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM briefs president on last week's NATO summit
  • [02] FM confers with UN official
  • [03] Olympiakos retains soccer lead

  • [01] PM briefs president on last week's NATO summit

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis briefed President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias Monday on the outcome of the recent NATO summit meeting in Bucharest. Referring to the still unresolved FYROM "name issue", Karamanlis said it is not an easy issue and called again on the neighboring country to adopt a positive stance in order to reach a solution soon. He said the strategy outlined by Greece was being implemented with consistency, adding that "we will continue to work within the UN framework in a self-confident, serious and responsible manner ... We hope that the other side will be responsive and that a solution will be reached soon." In the brief discussion in front of reporters, Papoulias said that the Bucharest summit was a success, pointing out that it creates a new starting point, at least for the 'name issue'. The premier stressed that this was a difficult turning point, adding that there is still a long way to go before a solution is found, expressing a hope, however, that the outcome will be positive. Finally, Papoulias pointed out that Bucharest offers a new sense of optimism that the end result will be a success. Caption: Greek President Karolos Papoulias (R) greets Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday, April 7, 2008, at the presidential mansion in Athens. ANA-MPA / M. MAROGIANNI

    [02] FM confers with UN official

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Monday conferred here with visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe over developments on the Cyprus issue, and specifically, on a March 21 agreement between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

    The UN official arrived in Greece after his visit to Cyprus, and before heading to Turkey.

    After the meeting, Pascoe said: "We had very fruitful talks with Ms. Bakoyannis about Cyprus. We both agreed that there is a very good chance to proceed and we must find a way to help. We will work together in order for procedures to be accelerated. We will cooperate firmly with Greece, Turkey and all the people in Cyprus to reach a solution".

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos stressed that Bakoyannis reiterated Greece's position for the resumption of a well-prepared negotiations process in order to accomplish a just and viable solution for Cyprus.

    Later in the day, Pascoe will meet separately with Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis.

    Caption:Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe at the Foreign ministry in Athens on Monday 7 April 2008. ANA/MPA/SYMELA PANTZARTZI

    [03] Olympiakos retains soccer lead

    Olympiakos Piraeus retained its lead in the Super League soccer championship over the weekend after edging Larissa 2-1 at home with a late goal. Panathinaikos Athens dropped into third place after being thrashed 4-1 by OFI Crete away and AEK Athens slipped into its place after beating struggling Ergotelis Crete 3-1 at home.

    In other action:

    Apollon Kalamaria-Xanthi 1-0

    Atromitos Athens-Asteras Tripoli 0-2

    Panionios Athens-Veria 2-2

    Aris Thessaloniki-Iraklis Thessaloniki 2-2

    Levadiakos Livadia-PAOK Thessaloniki 2-0

    The standings after 28 games:

    1. Olympiakos 64

    2. AEK 62

    3. Panathinaikos 60

    4. Aris 47

    5. Asteras Tripolis 44

    6. Larissa 39

    7. Panionios 39

    8. Xanthi 36

    9. PAOK 35

    10. Iraklis 32

    11. OFI 32

    12. Atromitos Athens 28

    13. Ergotelis Crete 27

    14. Levadiakos 27

    15. Veria 22

    16. Apollon Kalamaria 22

  • Apollon Kalamaria has had one victory over Olympiakos overturned and penalised one point.
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