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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-16

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  • [01] PM in Copenhagen for climate summit
  • [02] FinMin defends measures during press contacts in London
  • [03] 2nd festival of Albanian-language cinema at Greek Film Archive

  • [01] PM in Copenhagen for climate summit

    COPENHAGEN (ANA-MPA / G. Milionis) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday morning, where along with some 120 other world leaders he will take part in the United Nations climate summit.

    Papandreou, in his capacity as Socialist International (SI) president, on Wednesday chaired a meeting of socialist leaders in the Danish capital that began at around 15:00 Athens time and finalised the proposals on climate change put together by the Social International Commission for a Sustainable World Society, co-chaired by Ricardo Lagos and Goran Persson.

    The Greek premier then presented the views of the socialist leaders at a press conference, expressing hope that they could help bridge the differences at a difficult time in the talks.

    Papandreou is scheduled to address the UN climate summit on Thursday, after which he will have a number of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders. On Thursday evening, he is to attend a gala dinner for the visiting heads of state and government given by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

    [02] FinMin defends measures during press contacts in London

    LONDON (ANA-MPA) -- Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou arrived here on Wednesday ahead of his meeting the next day with Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, as meetings with the British media's top economic periodicals took place on Wednesday.

    Among others, Papaconstantinou reiterated that Athens' recently announced package of measures to slash a double-digit budget deficit and soaring public debt is more "aggressive" than the initiatives implemented by the Irish government. He also dismissed a press question citing a lukewarm response by financial centres to the proposed Greek measures, saying the current government enjoys a comfortable Parliament majority and was granted a mandate by voters to undertake significant reforms.

    [03] 2nd festival of Albanian-language cinema at Greek Film Archive

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek Film Archive Foundation will again host a festival in Athens focusing on Albanian-language cinema, which begins on Thursday and continues until Sunday.

    Twenty feature-length and short films, along with five animated works, will be shown in the foundation's new state-of-the-art Kerameikos district centre. Many of the films have reportedly never been shown outside the neighbouring country, while others were censored and yet others carry some type of international distinction.

    Two of the movies that will be shown date to the late 1950s, namely, the short film "FemijeteSaj (Her Children)" (1957) and the feature-length "Tana" (1958) by director Kristaq Dhamo, with the female protagonist, noted Albanian actress Tinka Kurti, scheduled to appear at the screening.

    The first such festival in Athens occurred two years ago.

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