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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-17

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  • [01] FM Bakoyannis on FYROM
  • [02] Tsipras addresses ELP conference

  • [01] FM Bakoyannis on FYROM

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis briefed her new Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger on Friday on provocations by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) government.

    FM Bakoyannis has been in Austria since Wednesday on the occasion of the official commencement of Greece's OSCE chairmanship for 2009.

    The Austrian foreign minister was briefed on FYROM PM Gruevskiās ?provocations, made for petty (domestic) political purposes which, in essence, place his people under hostage,? Bakoyannis emphasised.

    She also stated that discussion focused on the Greek OSCE chairmanship and its proposals at settling the issue of the organizationās observers in Georgia and Ossetia.

    They also discussed potential cooperation between Greece and Austria in the humanitarian sector, focusing on joint initiatives in Gaza for the relief of the local population.

    As regards the OSCE Greek chairmanship, Bakoyannis commented that expectations are high, while pointing out that these are difficult times.

    She also stressed that the organizationās role has to be strengthened, considering the rapid changes experienced, adding that efforts should focus on the common values shared by its members and on dialogue, the supreme principle of diplomacy.

    The Greek FM expressed a wish that progress will be made in pending issues for OSCE underling that the Greek diplomacy is well-prepared.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.

    [02] Tsipras addresses ELP conference

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) party leader Alexis Tsipras outlined his party's strategy on Saturday concerning young people's problems.

    Addressing the extraordinary conference of the European Left Party in Athens, Tsipras said, referring to last December's dramatic events, that "we shall not take even one step back," adding that "we were the only political force to speak of an uprising from the very first moment. We became the target of the entire political system."

    He further said that "here in Greece, we heard many interpretations about the uprising of youth" and assured that the party will not back down from young people's right to mass and militant peaceful protest, to seek a future that will not be uninsured and insecure employment, to free state-controlled and dignified education and to defend democracy and social rights from arbitrariness and suppression.

    Referring to the economic crisis, Tsipras said that the crisis is due to the system, because it was created by the elements that compose the nucleus of the neo-liberal sample.

    Tsipras also noted the expected announcement of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party's programme next month that, as he said, refers to three things: the overcoming of the crisis without being paid for by those who usually pay, the creation of a package of changes that will widen the public sector and place basic structures of the economy under public control again and the quest for a new socialism with democracy and freedom.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) party leader Alexis Tsipras.

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