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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-03

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM to meet with Commission chief on Monday
  • [02] Greek assistance dispatched to Israel
  • [03] One injured in Athens shootout
  • [04] Group to construct replicas of ancient Greek musical instruments
  • [05] Samaras meetings

  • [01] PM to meet with Commission chief on Monday

    Prime minister George Papandreou will be in Brussels on Monday for a meeting with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, it was made known on Friday.

    The meeting between the two leaders has been pending for some time, and will come a few days ahead of a crucial EU summit on December 17 that is slated to formally establish a permanent European Support Mechanism (ESM).

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    [02] Greek assistance dispatched to Israel

    (ANA-MPA) -- Israel on Friday thanked Greece for assistance in tackling a massive wildfire in the north of the country, which has claimed at least 40 lives and caused extensive destruction to the natural environment.

    The Israeli embassy in Athens, in an announcement on Friday, thanked the Greek government, prime minister George Papandreou and responsible ministers.

    Greece dispatched five fire-fighting aircraft to Israel to join efforts to contain and extinguish the blaze, after a telephone call between Papandreou and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.

    Israeli ambassador in Athens Arye Mekel said the direct contact between the two prime ministers and speedy decision to send help to Israel is in line with new, and very positive relations between Greece and Israel. (ANA-MPA)

    The envoy also thanked the Greek people who contacted the Israeli embassy to offer support and express their condolences.

    "The immediate communication between our two Prime Ministers and the swift decision to send assistance to Israel is befitting of the new very positive relations between Greece and Israel. The professionalism and experience of Greek personnel in combating forest fires is well-known and highly appreciated in Israel. I also want to thank all those Greek citizens who contacted our embassy to offer their sympathy and condolences to us. It is very important to have the help of our friends and neighbors during times of need," Mekel said in a statement.

    Caption: An aircraft joins fire fighting crews to help extinguish the blaze , near the Israeli Village of Ein Hawd south of Haifa, on 03 December 2010. More than 15,000 residents, including 600 prison inmates, were evacuated as the blaze raged out of control, Seven fire-fighting aircraft landed in Israel early Friday, the first arrivals of a planned international airlift sent to aid the battle against a massive brushfire ripping through northern Israel. ANA-MPA/EPA/ATEF SAFADI

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    [03] One injured in Athens shootout

    (ANA-MPA) -- A shootout ensued at noon on Friday in Athens' Kallithea district after members of a motocycle police unit attempted to check the identity of three men reportedly loitering in a main square. One of the suspects was injured in the shootout, whereas the other two were arrested.

    According to early reports, the trio of suspects hail from former Soviet republics.

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    [04] Group to construct replicas of ancient Greek musical instruments

    Ancient Greek music is one of the lesser known chapters in the wide field of study of Hellenic civilisation.

    Although much has been said and written about its major role in everyday life, there is still very much to be investigated in this area of the arts in Ancient Greece.

    The absence of written remains of Ancient Greek music has, for centuries, created the impression that music was not a very advanced chapter of the arts in Ancient Greece, musician Panagiotis Stefos told ANA-MPA.

    However, our knowledge on the role and position of music in Ancient Greece has been enriched by systematic research and from literary sources, which contain a plethora of direct and indirect references, Stefos added.

    Stefos has set up a group, called Lyravlos, that has undertaken the task of reconstructing the Ancient Greek musical instruments. The purpose of this endeavor is to construct precise, working replicas of the instruments that will give true renditions of the 'sheet music' from the long past that have been discovered.

    (Photo: Ancient guitar with square base. ANA-MPA)

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    [05] Samaras meetings

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras will meet next week with International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and European Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn, who will be on visits to Athens.

    Samaras met on Friday with the chairmen of the party's regional organisations, to whom he stressed that the organisations must emanate from, belong to and serve the society, especially in these critical times for the country.

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