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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Karamanlis visits Messolongi
  • [02] Papandreou meets environment agencies
  • [03] FM Bakoyannis recovering

  • [01] PM Karamanlis visits Messolongi

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, addressing a rally on Saturday in the region where the new marina is being constructed in the city of Messolongi, said that the government is aware of the repercussions of international developments, it has the determination required by the times and a sustainable plan that guarantees a safe exit from the crisis.

    "A plan that guarantees that, as of 2011, our country will be among the first countries that will be taking the path of recovery," Karamanlis stressed.

    Referring to the international economy and its repercussions in Greece, the prime minister noted that the country is at a crucial turning point, adding that "our economy, although it has showed strong endurance, is unavoidably experiencing the repercussions of the international crisis."

    Karamanlis further said that "the economy is lifting the huge weight of the public debt, that the governments of PASOK left behind them," adding that "we want the citizens to know the truth and to know where they are heading."

    The prime minister said that "the decisions that we shall be taking in the immediate future will judge the intensity, as well as the duration of the repercussions of the crisis" and that "the times leave no ground for experiments. We do not play games with the future of the country. We do not play games with the future of our children."

    Karamanlis accused the main opposition PASOK party that "while ultimately, following months of denial, it is admitting the seriousness and the intensity of the crisis, it is only presenting pleasant recipes."

    He underlined that "PASOK is keeping its cards closed and does not dare to reveal any of the difficult measures that it would take if it came to power."

    Moreover, he noted that "PASOK admits that it is necessary for the deficit to be curbed, but it does not say how it would curb it, since what it is saying is how it will increase it."

    Karamanlis concluded his criticism of PASOK by saying that "one thing is certain. The cheques that it is sharing out are bounced. The path that it is showing is deadlocked. Its announcements lead to adventures that the country cannot stand."

    [02] Papandreou meets environment agencies

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou met on Saturday with 12 agencies concerning the environment and disclosed that PASOK has prepared a bill on the Attica prefecture. Some of its main points include a telescopic system for detecting new buildings and urgently completing the process for forest maps.

    "The latest disasters in forests showed once again the failure of the state to protect the country's forest wealth, while the country's fire and environmental protection system collapsed," the PASOK leader said.

    Papandreou underlined that the wildfires in 2009 should constitute the red line for the state and the citizens and the end of a model of growth whose inescapable conclusion is that whatever does not become cement must become ashes.

    The PASOK leader spoke of a National Action Plan for the best possible protection of greenery remaining in Greece and the restoration of forests that have been lost and promised that "in government, we shall ratify the draft bill that we tabled in 2007 for the Peloponnese."

    [03] FM Bakoyannis recovering

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis was reported as being in the stage of recovery at the Errikos Dynan hospital in Athens on Saturday.

    Bakoyannis, who was admitted to the hospital on Friday with symptoms of pneumonia, has no fever and is responding positively to antiobiotics being provided for her, according to a statement by the hospital's president.

    The foreign minister received some visits and held telephone conversations with politicians and friends who wished her a speedy recovery.

    Bakoyannis is expected to leave the hospital at the beginning of the week.


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