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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-13

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  • [01] PM comments on Egypt situation
  • [02] FinMin: No measures like 2010
  • [03] Israeli envoy's interview
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines ´╗┐

  • [01] PM comments on Egypt situation

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, commenting on the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Friday, said that Egypt took a great step towards democracy.

    "Hosni Mubarak's decision paves the way to the process of Egypt's democratisation. Egypt took a great step towards democracy today. It is, however, a time of national understanding. In a peaceful spirit and of pursuing great consensuses for the country's future," Papandreou said in a statement.

    He added it will be a difficult, labourious process.

    "It must proceed with respect for the struggles and the expectations of the people. Of young people in particular who are playing a leading role and are envisaging a different country. With open processes, a representative dialogue and adherrence to a lofty purpose. The building of a strong and viable democratic system; he respect of ecumenical rights; emergence of a new, strong and stable Egypt, one that will constitute a model for the entire region through free and fair elections; for the Arab and Muslim world." (┴═┴-╠PA)

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    [02] FinMin: No measures like 2010

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- No measures of the breadth of those introduced in 2010 will be taken, Finance ╠inister George Papaconstantinou said on Saturday, and called on Parliamentary political parties to consent to a three-year rolling fiscal programme, adding that this was a unique opportunity for the government as well as the entire political system to prove that "we can enter a new era of political ethos and practice".

    In an interview with a financial newspaper, Papaconstantinou said that as long as the country's deficit continues to exist, the country continues to be in recession, the debt continues to rise and Greece continues to be dependent on borrowing, "we cannot stop the effort...this means that we need other interventions, deep changes and not measures similar to those we were obliged to take in 2010".

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    [03] Israeli envoy's interview

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- Economic cooperation is at the core of Greek-Israeli relations, which are growing at an unprecedented pace and yielding tangible results that benefit both countries. Additionally, a joint cabinet meeting scheduled for the spring -- and focusing on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations-- is regarded as the next important step in bilateral relations.

    In an interview with the ANA-MPA, Israeli ambassador to Greece Arye Mekel on Friday referred to Greek-Israeli rapprochement, marked by what he called the historic exchange of visits by the premiers of the two countries.

    He referred to the growing cooperation in the sectors of tourism, innovative management methods in agriculture and the environment, and underlined that the Greek-Israeli relations have their own value and are not the result of a turn of events or developments.

    The veteran diplomat expressed Israel's deep appreciation for the Greek government's contribution to the peace process in the Middle East, adding that cooperation for regional peace and stability will benefit both Greece and Israel.

    Referring to a joint cabinet meeting by Greece and Israel, he said it will convene possibly in the spring -- focusing on sectors such as, the economy, tourism, defence, culture and energy and underlined that it is indicative of the importance attributed to cooperation by both countries.

    As regards tourism, he said cooperation is excellent and pointed out that roughly 250,000 Israeli tourists visited Greece in 2010, corresponding to a 200-percent rise. He underlined that the goal is to record a further increase in 2011. (┴═┴-╠PA)

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    The fall-out from Friday's press conference by representatives of the EC-ECB-IMF 'troika' following their latest inspection of Greek finances and memorandum-mandated reforms and restructuring mostly dominated the front-page items in Athens' Sunday newspapers.

    APOCALYPSES: "Wages, 20-percent discount and tax breaks end: Troika".

    AVGHI: "(Snap) Elections now mandatory".

    AVRIANI: "Troika exposed government and entire creaking political system".

    CHORA: "They're selling-off everything".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Party of corruption and kickbacks."

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Operation OPAP (the state-controlled football and lottery pools): 'Silence the media'."

    EPOCHI: "(Troika to government) Sell Maximos Mansion (government house)"

    ETHNOS: "Clash with troika (and government) over privatisation programme".

    KATHIMERINI: "Troika pressure sparks tensions".

    LOGOS: "Privatisations at any cost and adherence to (EC-ECB-IMF) memorandum".

    NIKI: "Country being mortgaged in order to pay off debt".

    PARON (weekly): "Greece ... up for sale".

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "We paid 50 percent more for new submarines than the Turks (for the same type of subs)".

    REALNEWS (weekly): "We found Akis' (Tsohatzopoulos, the former PASOK minister) treasurer".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Abandon PASOK, ND -- Alliance with KKE," is the main headline of the communist party's newspaper.

    TO VIMA: "PM against troika; Provocation by EC rep: Sell everything, power company, Helliniko site, beaches".

    VRADYNI: "Labour system collapsing".

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