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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Body found in garbage receptacle in Kallithea
  • [02] Gov't on Erdogan visit to Athens
  • [03] Alternate FM on FYROM
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Body found in garbage receptacle in Kallithea

    The dismembered body of a man was found in a garbage receptacle in the Athens district of Kallithea on Tuesday night.

    According to police, the body was spotted in a trash bag in the receptacle by a local resident, who immediately alerted the police.

    Police said the body was of a man of approximately 25 years of age.

    [02] Gov't on Erdogan visit to Athens

    "We have a specific stance as far as our foreign policy is concerned. We are not isolationist, nor do we reject relations with other states, particularly neighbouring ones ... It's counterproductive not to discuss problems with other parties," government spokesman George Petalotis emphasised on Tuesday, ahead of a visit later this week to Greece by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Responding to press questions during his regular briefing, the spokesman merely reminded that "Greece recognises the (Aegean) continental shelf issue as the only problem with the neighbouring country.

    "However, (Turkey) being a neighbour and a country that wants to become an EU member, we have an obligation to have relations and talk ... We have an extrovert foreign policy and we talk with them because we have absolutely nothing to be concerned about," added.

    [03] Alternate FM on FYROM

    STRASBOURG (ANA-MPA/O. Tsipira) - Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, speaking on the sidelines of the Council of Ministers at the Council of Europe on Tuesday, appealed to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to come to the negotiating table in a constructive manner for a solution to the issue of the name.

    Droutsas said that on the part of FYROM there is "abuse at international organisations," while adding that "Greece has made all the necessary moves, in close understanding and coordination with the Secretariat of the Council of Europe. We have received all the assurances that all documents, all the actitivities of the Council of Europe will bear the official name. Every other stance, every other activity by this country is not compatible with its hopes of becoming a member-state of the European Union."

    He further said that "Greece has a steadfast and clear position. We desire in a constructive way the solution to the issue of the name. We are trying for a solution under the auspices of the UN. We hope and we appeal to Skopje's political leadershiop to come at last themselves too in a constructive way to the negotiating table. It is up to them to focus on this issue of a solution and it is up to them to pave their country's way for the EU and the future."

    In the morning session and with his own political intervention, Droutsas wished "every success to the demanding mission" that the new presidency is assuming but expressed at the same time his regret over Skopje's insistence on using the term "Macedonian."

    He said that "we regret that the authorities of FYROM decided to use officially the term 'Macedonian' to determine the Presidency that their country is assuming rotatively."

    Droutsas reminded that the Ministers Council decision 95/23 determined unanimously that "for all the purposes within the Council of Europe, reference to this country will be taking place under the temporary name FYROM, for as long as the resolving of the difference that has appeared regarding the name of the country is pending."

    The Greek minister underlined that the use of the adjective "Macedonian" is yet another attempt by Skopje to monopolise the term, as well as an evident effort to sidestep their obligations.

    He further said that Skopje "are violating the letter and the spirit of decision 95/23 which the Council of Europe observed with strictness and which has constituted the established practice of all the international regional Organisations."

    Before leaving Strasbourg, Droutsas had a brief meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in light of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming visit to Athens.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The first disbursement of 20 billion euros for Greece on Wednesday from the EU support mechanism, the rise in unemployment to 15 percent and additional austerity measures which the IMF foresees for Greece in the next two years, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Twenty one teachers and parents sent to court - Major scandal in private schools".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Reversals for 10 categories of insured - The great losers of the new social security system".

    AVGHI: "IMF: Dark decade - IMF predicts skyrocketing of unemployment and state debt until 2020 and reveals that new consumer taxes and taxes for professionals are on the way".

    AVRIANI: "All politicians and their relatives' bank accounts will open as well as of those who participated in committees that handled SIEMENS and C4I contracts".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The secret agreement - IMF uncovers George (prime minister Papandreou)".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Outcry over the double 'bleeding' - Abolition of Christmas bonus shrinks the pensions".

    ESTIA: "Society seeking hope - Country's political leadership disappoints".

    ETHNOS: "The losers from the changes in pensions - Deluge of changes starting this year, which will be concluded after 2018".

    IMERISSIA: "Epidemic of measures in EU - Tax increases and curtailment of expenditures everywhere".

    KATHIMERINI: "IMF forecasts and fears - The nine difficult points".

    LOGOS: "Bad news for salaries in private sector - IMF preannounces additional measures".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The country's operational model is bankrupt".

    NIKI: "Mass retirements in Armed Forces".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Purification and changes in urban system a political deception".

    TA NEA: "Financial Crime Squad shuts down 60 nightclubs".

    TO VIMA: "Tax Bureau will retroactively review loans taken for acquisition of first home".

    VRADYNI: "Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras charges: IMF's medicine is poison".


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