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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-08

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

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  • [01] Illegal migrants intercepted off Leros, Evros
  • [02] Event for ethnic Greeks of Istanbul at Euro-Parliament 

  • [01] Illegal migrants intercepted off Leros, Evros

    (ANA-MPA) -- The coast guard intercepted a migrant smuggler and 68 illegal migrants (30 men, 17 women and 21 children) on board a vessel off the eastern Aegean island of Leros on Wednesday. The migrant-laden vessel had originated from the Turkish coast.

    The vessel was spotted by two coast guard patrol vessels while sailing in Greek territorial waters.

    Meanwhile, five illegal migrants, all Georgian nationals, were arrested by local police and Frontex officers in the northeast prefecture of Evros.

    The suspects, who are facing charges for break-ins and burglaries, were spotted in the region of Lagina in possession of travel bags containing stolen jewellery and burglary tools.

    Under questioning, the suspects told police that they had crossed into Greece from Turkey Greek on Nov. 25 and 26. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] Event for ethnic Greeks of Istanbul at Euro-Parliament

    BRUSSELS (-MPA) -- The restoration of the human and civil rights of the displaced ethnic Greeks of Istanbul was the main issue at an event hosted at the European Parliament on Wednesday, following an initiative by Greek MEPs Marilena Koppa (PASOK) and George Koumoutsakos (ND).

    The event, entitled "Ethnic Greeks of Istanbul: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow", was attended representatives of the Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans (E.FE.CON.), members of the European Parliament and foreign diplomats.

    Koppa underlined that the issue is not bilateral but concerns Turkey's EU accession course, while Koumoutsakos pointed out that the need for "systemic intervention" in the area of human rights is underlined in Turkey's progress report.

    According to the group's president, Prof. Nikos Ouzounoglou, the federation was established in 2006 and includes up to 30 organisations from around the world. (-MPA)

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