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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-21

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Athens dismisses latest quip by fYRoM PM over 'double-name' solution
  • [02] Gov't: nuclear energy not included in long-term planning (ADDS)
  • [03] Meeting focuses on stepped law enforcement presence in central Athens

  • [01] Athens dismisses latest quip by fYRoM PM over 'double-name' solution

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Tuesday afternoon dismissed published statements by the prime minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), Nikola Gruevski, regarding Skopje's insistence on a "double-name formula" to overcome the thorny "name issue" still plaguing bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

    "This statement shows that Mr. Gruevski has not realised the message of the international community, which is clear and unified: for the sake of his country's and his people's Euro-Atlantic course, a mutually acceptable solution to this issue must be achieved; a composite name with a geographical qualifier, erga omnes," the Greek foreign minister underlined in a laconic press release.

    According to an ANA-MPA dispatch from Skopje, the fYRoM prime minister was quoted by a local political magazine as stating that the "double-name" solution constitutes a "natural position" for his for his landlocked country. He also accused official Greece of insisting that the one-time Yugoslav republic alter its constitutional name to "Republic of Northern Macedonia" both for external and internal use.

    [02] Gov't: nuclear energy not included in long-term planning (ADDS)

    A relevant development ministry official on Tuesday said the Greek government is not including nuclear energy in the country's long-term electricity production planning.

    Instead, Deputy Minister Ioannis Bougas said, the government was looking to greater use of natural gas, better exploitation of "greener" energy sources and substantive energy-saving measures.

    Bougas spoke in the wake of a relevant Parliament committee's approval -- by a majority vote -- of the 2004 Protocol to Amend the 1960 Paris Convention, and specifically to "expand liability and to broaden the types of damage provided for in the existing nuclear liability regime".

    Meanwhile, in a related development, the mayor of a town in the central Peloponnese that hosts a Public Power Corp. (PPC) thermo-electric plant, the Megalopolis station, on Tuesday expressed his municipality's opposition to the prospect of Greece's first potential nuclear power plant being constructed in the area.

    Megalopolis Mayor Panayiotis Bouras was reacting to a handful of local press reports claiming that PPC is considering the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant in Megalopolis, which lies in Arcadia prefecture.

    Bouras said the local community is also against the construction of a lignite-fired plant in the area, whereas it would back construction of a photo-voltaic park and the construction of a fifth natgas-fired PPC unit.

    [03] Meeting focuses on stepped law enforcement presence in central Athens

    A wide-ranging meeting was hosted by the tourism development ministry on Tuesday to focus on the recently topical issue of security and stepped up law enforcement in downtown Athens, especially during the ongoing tourist high season.

    According to brief statements afterwards, each individual ministry will announce new measures that it will take. Specific measures were not announced on Tuesday.

    Participants included Minister Costas Markopoulos as well as Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis, who holds the public order portfolio, police, municipal and tourism sector officials.

    Recent negative press reports came on the heels of several incidents mostly involving illegal migrant gangs and squatters in certain urban blocks of central Athens, particularly around Omonia square.


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