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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-27

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  • [01] DM Meimarakis, Richard Falk address int'l con'f in Athens on global security
  • [02] Piraeus-Sydney port twinning

  • [01] DM Meimarakis, Richard Falk address int'l con'f in Athens on global security

    Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis on Friday outlined Greece's contribution to regional and international security and stability, reminding of the country's participation in a series of peacekeeping missions, speaking during an international conference in Athens entitled "From the 20th Century to the 21st Century".

    The two-day conference, organised by the Greek defence ministry-affiliated Defence Analyses Institute (IAA), featured a keynote address by noted US scholar and UN human rights rapporteur Richard Falk, who emphasised the need for a neo-Keynesian approach to dealing with the ongoing global economic crisis as well as efforts to deal with international terrorism and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Falk, a Princeton professor emeritus, also underlined that the Middle East problem, namely, the Palestinian question, is the key to solving much of the turmoil in the region. He also said that the neo-liberal establishment in the US is still an impediment for the new US administration head by President Barack Obama.

    The conference comes on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Greek think tank's establishment.

    Other noted speakers at the conference include veteran Greek diplomat Byron Theodoropoulos (ret.); Columbia professor Gordon Bardos; former US foreign service officer Brady Kiesling; IAA scientific board president and international politics professor Christodoulos Yiallourides; University of Hamburg professor of international and European law Thomas Bruha and ANA-MPA managing director Nicholas Voulelis, amongst others.

    [02] Piraeus-Sydney port twinning

    MELBOURNE (ANA-MPA / S. Hatzimanolis) -- Deputy Merchant Marine, Aegean & Island Policy Minister Panos Kammenos proposed the twinning of the ports of Piraeus and Sydney during a meeting with NSW Minister for Finance, Infrastructure, Regulatory Reform, Ports and Waterways Joseph Tripodi during his visit to Australia that was wrapped up on Thursday.

    Kammenos also met with NSW Minister for Fair Trading, Citizenship Virginia Judge, who is also the Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts, and outlined the dynamism of the recent Greek port policy emphasizing that through international partnerships Greece has become a major gateway for international trade and transportation in SE Europe.

    In a meeting with Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, Kammenos referred to the potential of Greek expatriate student tourism to Greek isles.

    Kammenos also attended a reception hosted by the Greek consul general in Sydney on the occasion of the March 25 Independence Day and met with NSW Attorney General, Minister for Justice and Industrial Relations John Hatzistergos as well as representatives of the ethnic Greek community.

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