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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting by Greek, fYRoM reps over 'name issue' announced by UN envoy for Feb. 9
  • [02] Epiphany celebrated throughout Greece with 'Blessing of Waters'
  • [03] Protest for WWII reparations

  • [01] Meeting by Greek, fYRoM reps over 'name issue' announced by UN envoy for Feb. 9

    (ANA-MPA) -- The UN special mediator for the "name issue" between Athens and Skopje, Amb. Matthew Nimetz, will convene a meeting with the two sidesin New York City on Feb. 9, according to an announcement by the United Nations' secretariat on Thursday.

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    [02] Epiphany celebrated throughout Greece with 'Blessing of Waters'

    (ANA-MPA) -- The religious feast of the Epiphany -- the Twelfth Day after Christmas -- was celebrated throughout Greece on Thursday with the traditional "Blessing of the Waters" Orthodox Church rite in ports, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and fountains in front of cathedrals. The ritual commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for 'manifestation', 'epifaniea').

    In Piraeus, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece officiated at a ceremony in the country's largest port. The government was represented by Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fishing Minister Yiannis Diamantidis, and was also attended by main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party leader George Karatzaferis, numerous officials, and political party MPs.

    In Athens, the ceremony was held at the Kolonaki rservoir, attended by new Athens Mayor George Kaminis and MPs from various parties, and government vice-president representing the government.

    The ceremony in Thessaloniki, officiated by Metropolitan Anthimos, was attended by the new mayor Yiannis Boutaris and political party representatives, with the government represented by Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

    Epiphany, the coming of the light, means that the darkness leaves and optimism comes, Samaras said, adding that this was his wish for the Greek people in these difficult hours, and chiefly for the country.

    Caption: A Blessing of the Waters ceremony in Corinth on Thursday, Jan. 6. 2001. ANA-MPA / V. PSOMAS.

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    [03] Protest for WWII reparations

    (ANA-MPA) -- Dozens of people from the town of Distomo, in south-central Greece, held a peaceful candlelight demonstration outside the German embassy in Athens on Thursday afternoon in support of their claim for war reparations, an issue now tabled at the International Court of Justice in The Hague ahead of a deadline in the case.

    Distomo was the scene of a massacre during WWII when 218 locals were executed as part of Nazi reprisals for the activity of partisans in the area.

    Caption: Panagiotis Sfoudouris, a survivor of the Distomo massacre in June 1944, holds a faded WWII-era photograph of himself and his sister Maria during a protest outside the German embassy in Athens on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. The photo shows the two children before a gravestone marking the tomb where their parents and other siblings were buried following their execution by German occupation forces in June 1944. ANA-MPA / O. Panagiotou.

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