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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ELIAMEP discussion on Kosovo issue
  • [02] Greek bond market closing report
  • [03] 9 arrested for beating in troubled inner city district (Adds)
  • [04] Stocks end flat on Fri.

  • [01] ELIAMEP discussion on Kosovo issue

    (ANA-MPA) -- Optimism that a "good decade" will succeed years of misfortune for Kosovo was expressed on Friday by Kosovo politician and journalist Veton Surroi, who spoke in Athens in a panel discussion sponsored by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

    Surroi, who addressed the panel as the foreign policy board chairman in Pristina, stressed that the international court's decision, namely, that Kosovo's declaration of independence is not in violation of international law brought the issue from the UN to Brussels.

    Referring to dialogue suggested by the international court between Serbia and Kosovo leaders, Surroi stated that Kosovo's position will be that its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity are non-negotiable.

    Defining the dialogue, he said it should be a binding negotiating process and not exploratory in nature. He stressed that it should concern Belgrade-Pristina relations and their Euro-Atlantic future, adding that Brussels should assume the role of a negotiator and not be just a mediator.

    Addressing the discussion on the topic of "the Future of Kosovo after The Hague", retired Greek diplomat and special ELIAMEP advisor Alexandros Mallias said dialogue on the definitive status of Kosovo should be called an "initiative for the next generation", stressing that it concerns Serbs and the Kosovars, who will live side-by-side as European citizens.

    He also referred to the "Agenda 2014" initiative being promoted by the Greek government as a follow up to the "Thessaloniki Agenda", through which the EU accession prospect for the Balkan states was launched. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Greek bond market closing report

    (ANA-MPA) -- The yield spread between the 10-year Greek and German benchmark bonds eased to 891 basis points in the Greek electronic secondary bond market on Friday, from 918 bps on the Thursday, with the Greek bond yielding 11.42 pct and the German Bund 2.51 pct. Turnover in the market was a low 45 million euros, of which 27 million were buy orders and the remaining 18 million euros were sell orders. The 10-year benchmark bond was the most heavily traded security with a turnover of 19 million euros.

    In interbank markets, interest rates were largely unchanged. The 12-month rate was 1.54 pct, the six-month rate 1.27 pct, the three-month 1.04 pct and the one-month rate 0.85 pct. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] 9 arrested for beating in troubled inner city district (Adds)

    (ANA-MPA) -- Nine Afghan nationals were arrested Wednesday evening in the inner city Aghios Panteleimonas district of central Athens following charges by a local resident charging that he was beaten with rocks, wooden planks and other objects by the suspects.

    The man went to the Aghios Panteleimonas police station to lodge the complaint and took police to a spot outside the building where Muslim migrants hold prayers, where he pointed out specific suspects as the perpetrators, who were arrested on the spot.

    Earlier, tension had risen at the same spot as local residents had congregated there, with police intervening to avert further incidents.

    The detainees were led before a public prosecutor on Thursday. (ANA-MPA)

    According to a related press release, joint sweeps by police, municipal police, the economic crimes bureau and the prefecture through the central Athens over the past two days led to at least two buildings being sealed. The buildings were used to house illegal immigrants, in which 22 illegals were arrested in one instance, while a Somali national was charged with a felony count after six different passports were found on his possession.

    Furthermore, 205 individuals and 15 Internet cafes were checked, four of which lacked any operating license. One-hundred and five people, all considered as undocumented foreigners were detained inside the cafes. Another 29 foreign women were arrested in the two-day sweep on street prostitution charges. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Stocks end flat on Fri.

    Stocks ended flat during the last trading session of a volatile week at the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday. The composite index rose 0.24 pct to end at 1,497.20 points, after losing as much as 1.55 pct during the day. The index was down 0.70 pct in the week. Turnover was a low 77.191 million euros.

    The Big Cap index rose 0.52 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 0.19 pct higher and the Small Cap index eased 0.06 pct.

    Cyprus Bank (2.52 pct), Viohalco (1.90 pct) and Motor Oil (1.35 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while OPAP (2.30 pct) and PPC (0.89 pct) were top losers.

    Banks (1.43 pct) and Technology (1.28 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Health (2.78 pct) and Travel (1.91 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 72 to 70 with another 61 issues unchanged. Alpha Trust (9.88 pct), Eurobrokers (9.68 pct) and Haidemenos (9.29 pct) were top gainers, while Ikona-Ihos (14.29 pct), Altec (14.29 pct) and FHL Mermeren (9.50 pct) were top losers.

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