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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Rice refers to Halki
  • [02] Papoulias meets Ukraine President
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Rice refers to Halki

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday appealed to Ankara to reopen the Theological School of Halki.

    She was speaking at the annual Turkish-American conference in Washington.

    Rice, who referred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, also described a solution to the Cyprus issue as "a key" for Turkey's accession to the European Union.

    She further underlined the importance of the natural gas pipeline which links Turkey with Greece and in the future will be extended to Italy.

    Rice stressed that the United States "continues to encourage Turkey to recognise and protect the political rights of all the religions and national groups," noting that this would happen "with the reopening of the Theological School of Halki of the Ecumenical Patriarchate."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice .

    [02] Papoulias meets Ukraine President

    KIEV (ANA-MPA - S. Fesopoulos) Hellenic Republic President Karolos Papoulias arrived in Kiev on Tuesday, beginning a three-day official visit to the Ukraine. Shortly after his arrival, he was received by Ukraine's President Viktor Yuschenko for a meeting followed by a dinner at the presidential mansion.

    Talks between the two men focused on Ukraine's prospects of joining EuroAtlantic structures and on boosting bilateral economic cooperation between Greece and Ukraine.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Papoulias and his entourage visited the historic town of Nizhyn, where the Greek president attended a trisagion service and laid a wreath at the family vault of the Zosimades brothers, a family originally from the Greek region of Epirus that are considered major national benefactors, in the town's Greek cemetery.

    He then visited a museum of Old Manuscripts in Nizhyn and toured the town, which is one of the historic centres of the Greek minority in the Ukraine.

    Late on Tuesday afternoon, the Greek president will set off for Mariupol, a coastal city that is also one of the oldest Greek centres on the Azov Sea. Here, Papoulias will be received by local government officials and will also meet the rector of Mariupol's university with its historic Modern Greek Studies chair.

    During his visit, he will be made an honorary citizen of Mariupol, as well as professor emeritus of the university.

    Caption: President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko (R) welcomes his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias during their meeting in Kiev, 15 April 2008. Karolos Papoulias arrived to Ukraine on Tuesday for three-day working visit.ANA-MPA/ EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Former culture ministry secretary general Christos Zachopoulos' (who jumped off his 4th floor appartment balcony the day after he resigned the post) testimony before the prosecutor on the attempted blackmail against him, the government's project to upgrade the local authority system and the high cost of living dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The new pension scales".

    APOGEVMATINI: "7,500 hirings in public sector"

    AVGHI: "(Coalition of the Radical Left parliamentary alliance leader Alekos) Alavanos calls sale (by MIG of its 19 percent share package) of OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) stock to Deutsche Telekom a scandal".

    AVRIANI: "Zachopoulos accuses the two lawyers and Themos Anastasiadis (Proto Thema newspaper publisher) over his suicide attempt".

    CHORA: "Super deals at the Kremlin for constructors and shipowners - What Karamanlis and Putin will discuss".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Prefectures, Municipalities, Ministries merge - Which Ministries will be abolished and what new ones will be established".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Non-state university degrees will be recognised - Legislative regulation to be tabled in May".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Wave of retirements in public sector - Civil servants afraid of a second social security reform bill".

    ESTIA: "Bipartisanism will not recover - New Democracy and PASOK together amass 58 percent".

    ETHNOS: "Benefits for Armed Forces".

    KATHIMERINI: "(FinMin George) Alogoskoufis puts pressure on the Prime Minister to boot Spyros Kladas".

    LOGOS: "Prices spiraling in Easter market- Development Minister calls for patience".

    NIKI: " Prices escalating, market out of control - Harsh conditions in households".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "We strike on Wednesday - We demand collective labour agreements and social insurance that meet our needs".

    TA NEA: "Zachopoulos testified that the two lawyers proposed to him that they would have Tsekou (Evi, accused to have blackmailed Zachopoulos with a DVD containing sex-scenes between them) killed".

    TO VIMA: "Clash over OTE sale and the privatisation wave - Government determined to proceed with reforms".

    VRADYNI: "Military housing programmes".


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