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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-22

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  • [01] Negotiations at a critical turning point
  • [02] Greece's Vougiouka wins gold in Fencing World Cup in women's sabre
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] Negotiations at a critical turning point

    Nicosia (ANA-MPA/A. Viketos) -- The Cyprus negotiations were currently at a critical turning point, Greece's main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said on Monday, after a meeting with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias in Nicosia, where Samaras launched a visit to the island republic.

    Coming out of the talks at the Presidential Mansion, Samaras told reporters he had been briefed in detail by Christofias on developments in the Cyprus issue and the ongoing negotiations.

    The ND leader stressed that rallying together and unanimity is needed to achieve a just and viable solution that will at the same time respect the European acquis.

    "We, too, are contributing in this direction with views, positions and observations," Samaras added.

    The ND leader declined to go into detail on his positions when asked to comment on proposals that have been put forward.

    Asked if he was planning a meeting with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Samaras replied that such a meeting was not on his itinerary.

    Caption: Cyprus President Demetris Christofias (R)welcomes Greece's main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (L) at the Presidential mansion in Nicosia on Monday 22 February 2010. ANA-MPA/Goulielmos Antoniou

    [02] Greece's Vougiouka wins gold in Fencing World Cup in women's sabre

    Greece's individual women's sabre champion Vassiliki Vougiouka won the gold medal in the FIE Fencing World Cup held in Budapest, Hungary on the weekend.

    The 24-year-old Vassiliki (Vasso) Vougiouka became the gold medalist after defeating Gioia Marzocca of Italy in the women's sabre fencing final on Sunday in the International Fencing Federation's (FIE) World Cup 2010.

    Vougiouka is the top ranker in women's fencing in Greece, with 300 points.

    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.46 percent, standing at 1,936.41 points at 11:15 a.m., and turnover at 26.578 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Chemicals, up 2.32 percent; and Health, up 2.03 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Public Utilities down 0.76 percent; and Oil, down 0.25 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.49 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.17 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.78 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 57 were up, 11 were down, and 24 were unchanged.

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