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

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND sharply critical of gov't's first year
  • [02] Illegal migration, organised crime discussed in separate meetings between Papoutsis and US, UK, French envoys
  • [03] NATO chief on 'name issue'

  • [01] ND sharply critical of gov't's first year

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras sharply criticised the government on Tuesday, speaking before party cadres and MPs on the occasion of the first anniversary of PASOK's election victory in 2009.

    Samaras stressed that the ruling PASOK "lied in order to win the elections and then proceeded to do exactly the opposite of what it had promised, it set up fact-finding committees, created an unprecedented crisis and signed the memorandum that has debilitated the country." (ANA-MPA)

    The ND leader stated that the "government is dangerous and evolves into the worst government of the last 30 years," underlining that PASOK "lied when it maintained that it was unaware of the situation" when it took office.

    He stressed that the government (ANA-MPA) "has exposed the country abroad and as a result the spreads skyrocketed," adding that it "did not take the necessary measures on time, transforming a deficit problem into a debt crisis." (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Illegal migration, organised crime discussed in separate meetings between Papoutsis and US, UK, French envoys

    Citizen's Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis discussed issues concerning security, organised crime and illegal immigration, in particular on Monday and Tuesday with the ambassadors of the United States, Britain and France.

    Papoutsis met successively with the new US ambassador Daniel Bennett Smith on Monday, and on Tuesday, with the ambassadors of Britain, David Landsman, and France, Christophe Farnaud.

    Papoutsis said after the meetings that the main issues discussed with the ambassadors of the two European countries were the illegal migration issue, especially the serious problems that Greece is facing due to its geographical position.

    Also discussed were the issues of citizens' security and cooperation between the countries in handling security problems, particularly those resulting from organised crime.

    The question of organised crime was discussed in particular with the US envoy.

    Referring to a travel advisory issued by Washington, Amb. Smith said it was a general advisory for all of Europe and did not concern Greece in particular, adding that the advisory was not aimed at discouraging US citizens from their trips but making the latter more careful.

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    [03] NATO chief on 'name issue'

    SKOPJE (ANA-MPA) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday ruled out any prospect of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) joining the NATO alliance without prior solution of the "name issue".

    "The decision of Bucharest (2008 NATO summit) is clear: A mutually acceptable solution must be found," Rasmussen told a local television station, noting that all NATO decisions are taken by unanimous vote.

    Asked on the prospect of "NATO pressure" on Greece to achieve "more flexibility", the Alliance chief stressed that he will not involve himself in talks between Athens and Skopje, and called on "all the sides to display flexibility for finding a solution".

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