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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-17

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  • [01] PM meets with FYROM counterpart
  • [02] Body of man found in cemented-over bathtub in house near Patras
  • [03] EU-Bosnia pact OK'd

  • [01] PM meets with FYROM counterpart

    ANA-MPA/Prime minister George Papandreou met on Thursday in Brussels with his FYROM counterpart Nikola Gruevski on Thursday in Brussels, where the Greek premier is attending an EU summit and the latter is holding contacts with the European People's Party (EPP).

    The meeting took place at Greece's initiative, since "we believe that direct contacts with the Skopje side offer only benefit, both to improvement of bilateral relations and to the effort for resolving the name issue," alternate foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas, who is accompanying Papandreou, told reporters afterwards.ana-mpa

    Droutsas said that Papandreou aspires that "whenever the two leaders are in the same place, to take advantage of the opportunity for a meeting".

    Regarding the content of the discussion, Droutsas said that Papandreou reiterated Greece's desire for a solution to the name problem, stressing that "Greece supports the effort for a name with a geographical qualification en effect for all purposes (ergo omnes), and remains devoted to the UN-mediated procedure".

    Caption: Prime minister George Papandreou (R) and Fyrom Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski ((L) met in Brussels on Thursday 17 June 2010. ANA-MPa/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

    [02] Body of man found in cemented-over bathtub in house near Patras

    ANa-MPa/The body of an unknown man was found, in a state of decomposition, in a cemented-over bathtub in Diakofto, Achaia prefecture, by security police on Thursday who were investigating the case of reported as missing a year earlier in Athens.

    During a preliminary investigation ordered by an Athens prosecutor, police went to the specific house to look for evidence with respect to the missing man, police dug up the floor around a bathtub in the basement of the house and found the body.ana-mpa

    Police said the body had been buried in a previously-existing bathtub that was filled with inert material and cemented over, then covered with tiles.

    [03] EU-Bosnia pact OK'd

    A Parliament plenary on Thursday ratified, by majority vote, the EU stabilisation and association agreement with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    MPs of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) voted against.

    Deputy foreign minister Spyros Kouvelis said the agreement further reinforces Bosnia-Herzegovina's EU prospects.

    "It is a fact that Bosnia-Herzegovina is trying to heal the wounds and shock it suffered from the war. Its EU accession course can ameliorate problems in the future, and helps to strengthen the reforms and creates conditions of stabilisation," he said.

    Explaining her party's rejection of the agreement, KKE parliamentary spokesperson Liana Kanelli said: "We are called on to ratify an agreement with a hybrid state, created by the interests of the European giants. We cannot put our signature on a perpetuating occupation," she said.

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