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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-14

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  • [01] PM call for consencus to deal with econ crisis

  • [01] PM call for consencus to deal with econ crisis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday toured Fthiotida prefecture of central Greece, where he called efforts to deal with the ongoing global financial crisis a "national issue", while again urging for the contribution of all political and social forces in the country to exit the crisis unscathed.

    "Our experience from history does not permit any illusions, whenever we Greeks were disunited, whenever we put petty politics first, whenever we adopted divisive practices the result was negative for all, sometimes it was even disastrous for the country. When we were united we have reached lofty targets; we successfully faced major challenges," he said.

    The premier visited a construction site for the upgraded Malliakos stretch of the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway - once amongst the most dangerous portions of the national roadway system -- and afterwards met with Lamia Mayor George Kotronias, Fthiotida prefect Thanassis Himaras and other local officials. He also visited the museum at the Thermopylae site and a railroad tunnel project.

    "I am not here to give out promises," he said Karamanlis, adding that 'big words' in such difficult times are of no substance.

    "I am here to talk with you so we can understand each other, to see what we can do best for the country, the prefecture, the municipality."

    Karamanlis called the financial crisis the worst after the end of WWII, stressing that the country cannot afford any more social clashes or irresponsible policies. "Consent on basic issues is imperative".

    "In such times saying no to everything is unconscionable as is the attempt to downgrade everything," he said in referring to the opposition.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in Lamia on Saturday 14 February 2009 during his tour to Fthiotida prefecture. ANA-MPA/ NIKOS AXELIS

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