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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-19

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  • [01] Papandreou on official visit to Cyprus
  • [02] President Papoulias accepts nomination for re-election
  • [03] Tribute to Catalan artist Miro in Thessaloniki
  • [04] ASE opening: Marginal rise

  • [01] Papandreou on official visit to Cyprus

    Prime minister and foreign minister George Papandreou arrived in Cyprus on Monday on his first official visit abroad in his capacity as prime minister, for talks with the Cyprus leadership and the leaders of the parties represented in the unicameral House of Representatives (parliament).

    Papandreou, accompanied by a Greek government delegation, arrived at Larnaca Airport on Monday morning. where he was greeted by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, who was accompanied by foreign minister Marcos Kyprianou and undersecretary to the president Titos Christophides.

    The Greek premier is scheduled to have a private meeting with Christofias at noon, after which the two leaders will be joined by their respective delegations.

    Papandreou will sign the Book of Visitors at the Presidential Palace, and statements to the press will be made shortly afterwards.

    Later in the day, the Greek prime minister will visit the Enclaved Tombs (the graves of Greek Cypriots killed during the anti-colonial struggle against the British in the mid-1950s) and the graves of Greek nationals killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    In the evening, Papandreou will have separate meetings with AKEL party secretary general Andros Kyprianou, Democratic Rally (DISY) party president Nicos Anastasiades, Democratic Party (DIKO) president Marios Garoyian, and Social Democrats Movement (EDEK) party president Yiannakis Omirou.

    The first day of the official visit will end with a state banquet hosted by Christofias in honor of Papandreou and the Greek government delegation.

    On Tuesday, Papandreou will meet separately with European Party president Demetris Syllouris and Movement of Environmentalists leader Ioanna Panayiotou.

    The Greek premier will also hold talks with the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons chairman Nicos Theodosiou and the Committee of the Turkish-occupied Municipalities chairman Alexis Galanos, after which he will be received by the primate of the Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos II.

    Papandreou will further have another brief discussion with Garoyian, in the latter's capacity as president of the House of Representatives, before addressing a special session of the House.

    The Greek premier is due to leave at noon on Tuesday for his return to Greece.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister George Papandreou(R) and Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

    [02] President Papoulias accepts nomination for re-election

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias announced on Monday that he has accepted the nomination for his re-election as President of Greece.

    This effectively means that Papoulias will serve a second term in the country's highest post, as both the ruling PASOK and main opposition New Democracy (ND) parties endorse the nomination.

    Prime minister George Papandreou announced on Friday, during his presentation in parliament of his government's policy statement, that he will nominate Papoulias for a second term in the Presidency, provided Papoulias so desired.

    On Saturday, ND leader and former prime minister Costas Karamanlis reaffirmed his party's steadfast backing of Papoulias for re-election to the Presidency.

    The Presidential election is due in parliament in March.

    [03] Tribute to Catalan artist Miro in Thessaloniki

    The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art is participating with two exhibitions that shed light on the personality and work of noted Catalan artist Joan Miro (1893-1983) in a tribute to the painter titled "Miro of Majorca) organised by the Thessaloniki Aristotle University's (AUTH) Teloglio Foundation of Art.

    The two exhibitions, titled "Miro and Surrealism" and "The Studio at Majorca in the Photographs of Francesc Catala-Roca", open their doors to the public on Monday and will run through January 31.

    The latter exhibition presents photographs by Miro's close friend, Catala-Roca, who photographed the artist throughout the last 25 years of his career when he lived in Maîorca.

    "Through these photographs, we have the ability to see not only Miro's works, but also they way he worked, as very few people had the opportunity to visit the studio," according to the exhibition's curator Marios Eleftheriadis.

    The "Miro and Surrealism" exhibition also includes paintings by other surrealists such as Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Francis Picabia, Andre Masson, Victor Brauner, Roberto Matta and Man Ray, curated by Denys Zacharopoulos.

    The Teloglio tribute "Miro of Majorca" contains more than 400 works by the artist, the largest exhibition of Miro ever hosted in Greece, and is a collaboration between the Foundation and the Pilar i Joan Miro of Majorca Foundation.

    The exhibition includes a significant number of Miro's works and documents featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, sketches, etc. dating back to 1908 (his only salvaged early landscape painting) until his death in 1983. The exhibition mainly presents the mature Miro in Maîorca and the works he created in the studio designed by his architect friend Josep Lluis Sert in 1956.

    The Teloglio tribute, which further features a faithful reproduction of Miro's studio presented in miniature in the garden of the Foundation, will run through February 5. ANA-MPA/str

    [04] ASE opening: Marginal rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Monsday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.04 percent, standing at 2,831.08 points at 10:55 a.m., and turnover at 38.3 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Public Utilities, up 1.69 percent; Mass Media, up 0.98 percent; and Financial Services, up 0.85 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 1.76 percent; Construction, down 1.39 percent; and Oil & Gas, down 0.88 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.02 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.21 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.33 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 51 were up, 43 were down, and 27 were unchanged.

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