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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM: volition to solve 'name issue'
  • [02] Kassimis tours S. Albania
  • [03] Nimetz to visit Skopje, Athens
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] FM: volition to solve 'name issue'

    "We will keep trying to reach our goal, which is none other than a composite name with a geographical determinant that will be applied in all cases," Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis reiterated on Saturday, in reference to the FYROM "name issue", this time in front of ruling New Democracy's central committee members.

    "We are absolutely sincere when we say that we will gladly welcome our neighbours into Euro-Atlantic institutions when a mutually acceptable solution is found," she said, while once again echoing Athens' standing position of avoiding a compromise that will leave "winners and losers" or jeopardize, even in the slightest, security and stability in the region.

    She also used Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' repeated statement towards FYROM to stop looking back to the past and end, but to instead consider Greece's overtures of friendship.

    Referring to the NATO Summit in Bucharest, Bakoyannis underlined that Greece's position is now the Alliance's official position for FYROM's accession.

    Finally, she said Athens had successfully carried out an international campaign in order to better brief foreign government and the wider public opinion on this often obscure, for third parties, issues, underlining that these efforts are instrumental in overcoming the other side's intransigence

    Caption: Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis during her address to ruling New Democracy party central committe on Saturday 12 April 2008 in Athens.ANA-MPA/KATERINA MAVRONA

    [02] Kassimis tours S. Albania

    Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis on Saturday continued his tour of villages in southern Albania hosting large communities of the country's ethnic Greek minority, and following his talks in Tirana with Albanian leadership.

    His first stop was in two villages in the Sarande region.

    Kassimis and the Greek delegation afterwards visited a Greek-language, appropriately named "Homer", in the coastal area of Himare, where75 local children learn Greek.

    Finally, he met with local mayor Vassilis Bolanos.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis

    [03] Nimetz to visit Skopje, Athens

    Matthew Nimetz, the UN mediator , will be visiting Skopje (in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - FYROM) on Thursday and on the next day he will be in Athens to reactivate the process regarding the issue of the neighbouring country's name.

    The development was announced by the UN's Secretariat, stressing that the talks will be continued afterwards, possibly in New York. The announcement added that nothing is expected to happen on Monday.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of UN meditator Matthew Nimetz

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    An ongoing doping case reportedly involving the entire Greek national weightlifting team, maneuvering over the pesky FYROM "name issue" and the government's economic policy dominated headlines on Saturday in Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Bureaucracy's multiple faces - Unbelievable cases of red-tape".

    APOGEVMATINI: "OTE's key to public sector hands- Communication and Transport Minister Sotiris Hatzidakis' interview to the newspaper".

    AVGHI: "Synaspismos party: MIG a government-fuelled vehicle - Large labour unions against MIG vice president Andreas Vgenopoulos".

    AVRIANI: "Danger for home mortgage sector in Greece- Fitch sounds alarm bell".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Prime minister orders ministers to clean up and protect sports (from doping) within 10 days".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Economy & Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis: 'I will not take emergency measures in economy'."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "A window opens for double elections in May 2009".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "We're throwing away 10 billion euros for weapons".

    ESTIA: "Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras' unbelievable audacity - His response to Andreas Vgenopoulos' lawsuit".

    ETHNOS: "Auctions of real estate and cars from unpaid loans mushrooming".

    KATHIMERINI: "Veto against production of Olympic medals - Karamanlis: 'We want clean sports'."

    LOGOS: "Catharsis in sports - Immediate measures for clean athletes ordered Karamanlis".

    NIKI: "Communications doping - Government prepares amendment for clean sports".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "EU reference to minorities issues in Greece a dangerous development".

    TA NEA: "Apocalypse now for doping ring".

    TO VIMA: "Sell everything! - What the neoliberal bloc among ministers recommends to premier".

    VRADYNI: "Mix-up with pills - Questions prevail over the National Medicines Organization's confiscated drug reports".


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