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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-01

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

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  • [01] Evacution of Greeks from Egypt
  • [02] Parliament to discuss university asylum 

  • [01] Evacution of Greeks from Egypt

    Three C-130 military aircraft took off for Egypt from the Elefsis military airport on Tuesday morning, one of them carrying deputy foreign minister for overseas Greeks affairs Dimitris Dollis, to evacuate 215 Greeks who have asked to return to Greece.

    Speaking to reporters before take-off of the first plane, which he was boarding, Dollis said that "we are setting off with three C-130s for Egypt, which will transport 215 of our people, from Alexandria", adding that "hopefully we will be back in the afternoon and everything will go well".

    Dollis is heading to Egypt on the first plane, to coordinate the evacuation operation of the Greeks from Alexandria.

    He said that, according to information, Monday night was fairly good, and "we are awaiting the development of the demonstration in Cairo so as to have a better picture in the late afternoon", adding that "a fluid situation requires caution and cool-headedness".

    Dollis said the return should be expected after 4:00 in the afternoon, depending on the time needed to board the Greeks in Egypt.

    "I believe that the matter will have been organised by the time we arrive there. We have arranged things in the best possible way, but naturally in a fluid situation one cannot everything to go perfectly. The anxiety is for our people who are having a tough time. For us, it is relatively easy to go get them. We are trying to do is to allay their fear," Dollis added.

    He further noted that "it is easy to sit in a ministerial chair and engage in analyses...the least that Greece can do is rush to the assistance of its citizens".

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

    

    [02] Parliament to discuss university asylum

    Parliament will debate on Tuesday afternoon an amendment tabled by main opposition New Democracy (ND) calling for abolition of the university asylum in the aftermath of the occupation of an Athens university law school building by hundreds of illegal immigrants demanding legalisation.

    The government has stressed that there will be no individual or mass legalisations.

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


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