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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-06

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  • [01] Papoulias receives Ukranian president Yanukovych
  • [02] Pope cites Cyprus' 'sad division'
  • [03] LAOS on Siemens probe
  • [04] Tsipras re-elected

  • [01] Papoulias receives Ukranian president Yanukovych

    President of Republic Karolos Papoulias on Sunday received Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at the presidential mansion in Athens.

    Papoulias referred to the warm welcome he received during his visit to Ukraine.

    On his part, Yanukovych noted that he was raised near several ethnic Greek villages and that he hails from from the southern city of Mariupol -- "there are a lot the things that connect the two countries. It is not accidental that the ethnic Greek Diaspora feels at home in Ukraine".

    Finally, Yanukovych thanked Papoulias for the congratulations he sent him for his recent election in the country's helm.

    [02] Pope cites Cyprus' 'sad division'

    LARNACA (CNA / ANA-MPA) -- Pope Benedict XVI referred here to Cyprus' "sad division", which he witnessed during his three-day official visit to the island republic, noting that he has also learned about the destruction of the island's cultural heritage.

    In his farewell address at Larnaka Airport, the pontiff said he has also listened to Cypriots from the northern third of the country who wish to return in peace to their homes and places of worship and was deeply moved by their pleas.

    Describing his visit as a "brief but fruitful Apostolic Journey", the Pope thanked the Cypriot President and expressed gratitude for all that he and his government and the civil and military authorities have done to make his visit such a memorable and successful one.

    Caption: Girl wave flags as they wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to hold a mass at the Eleftheria Sports Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus on 06 June 2010, on the third and final day of the pontiff's visit to the predominately Greek Orthodox Mediterranean island. ANA-MPA/EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

    [03] LAOS on Siemens probe

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis on Sunday announced that his party may refuse to continue participating in the Parliamentary Examining Committee investigating the Siemens case unless his demands to the committee chairman are met. He stressed that LAOS was not at all satisfied with the developments within the committee.

    "We have already raised four issues verbally with the Committee chairman, which we intend to put into writing tomorrow, on Monday. If [our demands] are not met, then we will depart," he said.

    LAOS had no "appetite or desire" to take part in "cover-ups", Karatzaferis added.

    "They have to understand that the whole truth must come out. Especially that truth that some people have been trying so studiously to hide for so long. Which is the small party that took part in the elections and took money from Siemens," he said.

    [04] Tsipras re-elected

    Alexis Tsipras on Sunday was re-elected as president of the Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) party.

    According to an election committee announcement, 1,038 party delegates voted in the process. Tsipras collected 785 votes, while delegate Giorgos Vlahogiorgos took 56 votes. Additionally, 162 blank votes and 35 invalid votes were cast.

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