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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-10

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

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis gives televised interview

  • [01] PM Karamanlis gives televised interview

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, speaking in an interview with the "MEGA" television channel on Thursday evening, ruled out the possibility of cooperation after the October 4 general elections and expressed his conviction that his governance proposal to the Greek people which, as he said, is clear and sincere and describes the truth, will meet with acceptance and will be voted for.

    "The path will be an uphill one for two years, no doubt, but on the other hand, firstly, I do not believe that an alternative solution exists and I get scared when I hear these vague things and, indeed, accompanied by various promises on the part of PASOK," he said, referring to the main opposition PASOK party and stressing that he does not believe in coalition governments.

    "There is no case of New Democracy and Costas Karamanlis cooperating with LAOS (the Popular Orthodox Rally party)," he said. The prime minister also excluded the possibility of cooperating with PASOK, saying that theoretically such cooperation could exist but in reality this could not happen due to completely different conceptions. "However, you can see what the reality is today. And I am not referring to the past or, if you wish, to election recriminations," Karamanlis noted.

    He went on to say that "the issue is not for bargaining to begin and merely to allocate persons. The issue is a clear policy. Particularly in today's conditions."

    Karamanlis said that the ruling New Democracy party has proposed a difficult policy, while in essence PASOK has not even realised the situation and has no programme.

    "I am not saying that I have not made mistakes or that I have not made omissions but, at last, we must see things with their name clearly. And now with the experience that I am carrying I am saying clearly, yes, provided that the Greek citizens so wish, I tell you a difficult programme, a difficult policy, I shall implement it, looking only at the interest of the country and not other so-called policies or other expediencies," Karamanlis stressed.

    The prime minister also clarified that he shall not resign from ND's leadership if he loses the elections and that he will remain the main opposition party leader.


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