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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-20

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  • [01] PM briefed on foreign policy issues
  • [02] Papandreou: Country missing opportunities
  • [03] Karamanlis briefed over TIF relocation plan

  • [01] PM briefed on foreign policy issues

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Thursday was briefed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on a series of foreign affairs issues. After the end of the meeting, Bakoyannis told reporters that the coming months entail numerous challenges in the foreign policy sector.

    She stressed that negotiation on the Cyprus problem continue between the leaders of the two communities on the island. Moreover, in reference to the still unresolved fYRoM "name issue" she noted that UN negotiator Matthew Nimetz has already met with the Greek negotiator Adamantios Vassilakis, while on Thursday he will have a meeting with the Skopje government's negotiator.

    Finally, she said Turkey's EU accession prospects were discussed.

    Asked by reporters about the ubiquitous early elections speculation, Bakoyannis said the government has the mandate to work effectively. "People do not pay attention to this speculation and discussion on this matter is totally superfluous," she said.

    [02] Papandreou: Country missing opportunities

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, addressing a party meeting on the economy on Wednesday, charged that the country is currently losing out on "major opportunities and time", adding that "our obligation is to make the best preparation possible to cover this lost time after the next elections."

    Papandreou opined that the government "is proceeding with no target as to where it wishes to lead the country. It is absent from the major international issues, from our relations with Turkey, up to the major issue of climatic change."

    The former foreign minister, in indirectly airing his demand for early elections, charged that "for as long as the scene does not clear up the entire political system will be dragged along. We shall not allow this.

    He stressed that the state of the economy is worsening continuously and that "we are experiencing a monetary collapse and a huge production deficit."

    Lastly, he announced that at next month's Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), PASOK will present a "road map" for economic recovery and the country's new growth potential, as he said.

    "We are aware of the difficulties and the real economic and monetary situation. We are ready with specific proposals, planning and cadres for the great changes that the country needs," he concluded.

    [03] Karamanlis briefed over TIF relocation plan

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met on Thursday with Macedonia-Thrace Minister Stavros Kalafatis, with the latter afterwards saying that he briefed the premier on efforts to move entire Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) site to a new location.

    The minister said a committee was established to coordinate the process, adding that it's a project of major importance for the northern Greek city and the wider region.

    Kalafatis said the area where TIF's facilities and pavilions are located today, in downtown Thessaloniki, will be transformed into a metropolitan park, adding that the new location will be in west or northwestern Thessaloniki.

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