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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] FM meetings at UN
  • [02] Sharp decline at ASE opening
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] FM meetings at UN

    New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) -- Greek foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis met with the UN secretary general's special envoy on the FYROM name issue, Ambassador Matthew Nimetz, and with the US representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice, in New York on Thursday, in the context of her official visit to the US.

    Bakoyannis met at midnight Thursday (Greek time) with Nimetz, and told reporters after the half-hour talks that the exchanged views on where the issue stood at the present time.

    From the Greek side's point of view, she said, the meeting served as a review, adding that the issue in the present period was stationary.

    It was also noted that the FYROM name talks would be resumed at a time to be designated by Nimetz.

    With Rice, Bakoyannis discussed issues concerning Greece as well as the current Greek chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during their meeting on Friday morning (Greek time).

    No statements were made after the Bakoyannis-Rice meeting.

    Bakoyannis is scheduled to address the UN Security Council on Friday on the priorities of Greece's OSCE chairmanship.

    Before her address, the Greek foreign minister will also meet with Japan's permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Yukio Takasu, who holds the Security Council presidency for the month of February, and with Russian permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.

    [02] Sharp decline at ASE opening

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), influenced by the European money markets, with the basic share price index down 1.92 percent, standing at 1,511.79 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 9.1 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving downward across the board, with the heaviest losses in Banks, down 3.50 percent; Health, down 3.04 percent; Telecoms, down 2.43 percent; Financial Services, down 2.41 percent; and Industrial Products, down 2.06 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 2.53 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 1.51 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.12 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 10 were up, 59 were down, and 27 were unchanged.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    SMEs' protests over banks refusal to extend loans, the extaordinary EU summit and heavy weaponry found in a trash dump Evros were the main front-page items in Friday's dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Heavy weaponry found in dump site in Evros - The weapons had been stolen from a military unit on November 27".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Rage over attack by hooded individuals against Apogevmatini's offices - The prime minister, parliament president, government, PASOK and LAOS condemned the cowardly terrorist act against our newspaper".

    AVGHI: "Bank vise on businesses - Only 4.5 percent of business loan applications approved by the TEMPE (Small and Micro Size Businesses Guarantee Fund)".

    AVRIANI: "Following the Sarcozy-Berlusconi agreement for the construction of four nuclear plants in Italy...We should build our own nuclear energy plant".

    CHORA: "Alert over new instance of stolen military weaponry - Alert in police counter-terrorism unit".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Three in 50 police officers a public threat - Shock in ELAS (Greek Police) after the first psychometric tests".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Forecasts and layoffs cause fear - Bank of Greece governor sees everything 'black'."

    ESTIA: "Blatant demogogy by PASOK, causing immense damage to the economy".

    ETHNOS: "Mystery over terror-rockets - The government concealed the looting of high-security military depot".

    KATHIMERINI: "Stifling conditions on the market - SMEs against banks".

    LOGOS: "Second liquidity package for banks not required, Bank of Greece governor Provopoulos maintains".

    NIKI: "Storm of layoffs - Record 4,136 people lost their jobs in February alone".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "ND and PASOK plans for the crisis bringing new tribulations for the people".

    TA NEA: "War breaks out over the 'golden boys'."

    TO VIMA: "Merchants, professionals 'attack' banks - Protests over non-extension of loans and the credit asphyxiation".

    VRADYNI: "Reform of ESY (national health system) with consensus - Avramopoulos' (health minister) bill passed in parliament (with consent of opposition parties on several articles)".

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