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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-04

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  • [01] PM in Brussels for EU energy summit
  • [02] Images of the Greek Resistance: Photography exhibition
  • [03] UN chief on FYROM issue
  • [04] ASE opening: Rise 

  • [01] PM in Brussels for EU energy summit

    Greek prime minister George Papandreou is currently in Brussels for a one-day Special Summit of EU leaders on Energy, Innovation and Economy chaired by the Hungarian EU presidency on Friday.

    The EU heads of state and government will discuss ways to link European energy networks, increase energy efficiency and reduce import dependence.

    A key objective of the negotiations will be the establishment of a single energy market.

    The summit will deal with stimulating innovation and European economic reform issues, as well as the situation in Egypt and Tunisia.

    Caption: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou (L) chats with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) at the start of a one-day Special European summit in Brussels on energy. (ANA-MPA/EPA/O. Hoslet)

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    [02] Images of the Greek Resistance: Photography exhibition

    (ANA-MPA)An exhibition of period photographs of the Greek Resistance by leading post-war photographer Kostas Balafas opens on February 11 at the Benaki Museum's Piraeus Street Annex in central Athens.

    For the first time, such a breadth of items -- 60 photographs of a total 2,000 negatives -- will be on display from the life-long work of today's 90-year-old Balafas, which the photographer recently donated to the Benaki Museum.(ANA-MPA)

    Kostas Balafas is one of the leading Greek exponents of humanist photography in the post-war period. The part of his oeuvre dedicated to ordinary working-class people and, particularly, to the inhabitants of isolated villages in Epirus, has been repeatedly publicised over the past 20 years through exhibitions and publications.(ANA-MPA)

    As he personally enlisted in the 85th Regiment of ELAS (Greek Popular Liberation Army) in 1945, he recorded on camera the struggle of the people of Epirus against the invaders, well aware that he was recording historical moments for future generations. Using film stock that fell from the sky - literally, as it fell off an Italian bomber - he recorded villages destroyed, the plotting involved in the start of an armed struggle, the marches and battles of the resistance fighters, mourning mothers, as well as celebrations on the liberation of Ioannina.(ANA-MPA)

    All this material remained hidden for 31 years under the wooden floor of a house in Ioannina. In 1991, the photographer himself edited and paid for the publication of the book Kostas Balafas. Antartiko - Guerrilla Warfare in Epirus, Black-and-white photographs 1940-1944. The exhibition presents the photographic series depicting Resistance in Epirus, which is held at the Benaki Museum, along with the rest of his oeuvre.(ANA-MPA)

    To mark the exhibition, on February 27, 2011, there will be a one-day conference on: Photography during the Resistance years. Greece, 1941-1944.(ANA-MPA)

    The exhibition will run through April 30.(ANA-MPA)

    Photo: Period photograph by Kostas Balafas. (ANA-MPA/Benaki Museum)

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    [03] UN chief on FYROM issue

    New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) -- UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the FYROM name issue will be resolved speedily, in a statement in Berlin on Thursday after a meeting with the German President.

    Ban said that the issue has been discussed with his personal envoy on the FYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz, who has held talks with the countries concerned.

    The UN chief expressed sincere hope that the name issue, which has been outstanding for many years and has substantial effects on bilateral relations and relations in the region, will be resolved as soon as possible, in reply to a question on the name dispute between Greece and FYROM.

    Ban added that he will do his best to encourage his envoy and the sides concerned -- the governments of Greece and FYROM -- to engage in the dialogue with sincerity.

    Nimetz is due to hold his next meeting with the Greek and FYROM representatives to the name talks on February 9 in New York.

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    [04] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.79 percent, standing at 1,688.33 points at 11:30 am, and turnover at 31.682 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 1.39 percent; and Health, up 1.14 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Mass Media, down 0.70 ppercent; and Telecoms, down 0.30 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.86 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.27 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.38 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 70 were up, 15 were down, and 16 were unchanged.

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