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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-20

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  • [01] FM: Visa abolition after 'solution'
  • [02] Armenian Genocide remembered
  • [03] Olympiakos first pending CAS ruling

  • [01] FM: Visa abolition after 'solution'

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, in an interview with an Athens daily on Sunday, emphasised that Athens was considering a comprehensive funding package and other measures for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) when a mutually acceptable solution to the nagging "name issue" is finally achieved.

    Bakoyannis said that if such a solution was reached, Greece would immediately allocate 75 million euros in towards construction of Road Corridor X, which would link the landlocked country with Greece, to the south, and the rest of the European Union, as well as funding of business ventures, whereas the visa requirement for FYROM citizens would also be gradually abolished.

    The foreign minister said completion of the trans-national highway would open the country up and end a partial isolation, better linking it with Greece to the south and with the EU, via Serbia, to the north.

    This developmental package also entailed funding and co-financing of small businesses in FYROM, which she said would also create new jobs.

    Furthermore, Bakoyannis said, Greece believed in the free movement of people and services, and therefore, favoured a gradual abolition of visa requirements.

    Bakoyannis' interview was published in the Sunday edition of "Apogevmatini".

    Caption: File photo of Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis. ANA-MPA / KATERINA MAVRONA

    [02] Armenian Genocide remembered

    Events marking the 93rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were held in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Sunday, organised by the Armenian National Committee and the Thessaloniki Prefecture.

    The keynote speaker at the event, held at the Vellidis Conference Centre, was former parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis, while greetings were also addressed by Macedonia-Thrace Minister Margaritis Tzimas, representatives of the Armenian ambassador in Greece, of Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis, by Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and representatives of the Armenian Youth of Greece.

    The speakers noted the efforts being made for recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government, and on ways of averting other genocides from taking place in the future.

    Caption: A scene from a wreath-laying ceremony in Thessaloniki on Sunday, 20 April, 2008. ANA-MPA / GIORGOS FOTIADIS.

    [03] Olympiakos first pending CAS ruling

    Olympiakos Piraeus beat Iraklis Thessaloniki 3-1 on Sunday in the last match of the season at the same time as cross-town rival AEK Athens overcame Asteras Tripolis 2-0 at the Athens Olympic Stadium, leaving Greece's Super League championship to be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), given that a ruling awarding a game to Olympiakos, following an appeal by the latter, was itself appealed to the international tribunal.

    If the standings stand as is, Olympiakos will retain the championship with 70 points, followed by AEK with 68.

    Panathinaikos Athens finished third despite beating Apollon Kalamaria 3-1 away.

    In other action:

    Larissa-PAOK Thessaloniki 4-3

    Panionios Athens-Atromitos Athens 2-1

    Ergotelis Crete-Xanthi 2-0

    Levadiakos Livadia-Veria 5-3

    Aris Thessaloniki-OFI Crete 2-0

    Final standings after 30 games:

    1. Olympiakos 70 points*

    2. AEK 68

    3. Panathinaikos 66

    4. Aris 50

    5. Panionios 45

    6. Larissa 45

    7. Asteras Tripoli 44

    8. Xanthi 36

    9. PAOK 35

    10. Iraklis 35

    11. Levadiakos 33

    12. OFI 32

    13. Ergotelis 30

    14. Atromitos 29 (Relegated)

    15. Veria 23 (Relegated)

    16. Apollon Kalamaria 22* (Relegated)

  • NOTE: Apollon Kalamaria's 1-0 home win over Olympiakos was annuled and the game was awarded to Olympiakos, while the former also had one point deducted for the specific match.

    Caption: Skoda Xanthi FC defender Spyros Vallas fights for the ball against Ergotelis Crete striker Patrick Ogunsoto during the 30th and last game of the season of the Greek Super League on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at the Pankrition Stadium of Irakleio, Crete. The 2-0 victory by Ergotelis was enough to avoid relegation for the club. ANA-MPA / INTIME SPORTS / STEFANOS RAPANIS.

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