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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-16

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  • [01] PM: Solution is in our hands
  • [02] The government is economy's problem
  • [03] Gov't on fYRoM ICJ recourse 

  • [01] PM: Solution is in our hands

    (ANA-MPA)-Prime minister George Papandreou briefed parliament on Wednesday on the outcome of last Friday's informal eurogroup and extraordinary EU summits in Brussels, which decided an extension of Greece's 110 billion euro EU/IMF loan repayment period and reduction of the interest rate, stressing that it was a very tough negotiation but the government achieved what it had said it would try to.

    In the briefing, taking place at Papandreou's initiative, the premier warned that Greece has much ahead of it to do, following the informal summit.(ANA-MPA)

    "The solution is in the hands of all of us, with the big changes we have commenced and others that are still ahead of us to do," he said, adding that the changes will affect privileges and long-standing established rationales and practices, while also calling on the opposition parties to submit "creative proposals" so as "to give to our children a Greece without debts".(ANA-MPA)

    Stressing that "we achieved what we fought for", Papandreou said that, following the summit, "the road, the path, becomes easier, given that the systematic daily changes that bear fruit are being made".(ANA-MPA)

    "Step by step we will bring growth and new jobs to our country. We will gradually reduce the debt, which we must not leave to our children," the premier added.(ANA-MPA)

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    [02] The government is economy's problem

    (ANA-MPA)-Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras launched a scathing attack on the government during a briefing by prime minister George Papandreou on the outcome of last week's EU summit, accusing the premier and government of themselves being the problem of the country's economy, and reiterating that the only solution is a change of the Memorandum conditions and turn towards growth.

    He said that the government should not be celebrating, because everything won, which indeed are a relief, had been decided ahead of the summit, while the policy being followed by the government paves the way for consecutive new Memorandums so as to perpetuate Greece's dependence.(ANA-MPA)

    "You are the problem, that's why you can't find a solution, which is growth," Samaras said, addressing himself to the prime minister and the government".(ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Gov't on fYRoM ICJ recourse

    (ANA-MPA) -- foreign ministry spokesman on Wednesday referred to the imminent opening of a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) on March 21-30 over a complaint brought against Greece by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), underlining that fYRoM's recourse is a "legal process that was politically motivated when it was initiated".

    In response to the Skopje government's claims that Greece has violated Article 11 of the September 1995 "Interim Accord", the Greek side has prepared "two well-documented legal memos and fYRoM's allegations are being refuted by the arguments included in their appendixes", spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said.

    As regards ongoing UN mediation over the fYRoM "name issue", he merely said that Greece "adheres to the process taking place under the UN auspices". Commenting on negative actions undertaken over the recent period by the fYRoM government, he observed that "the use of ancient Hellenic symbols is in conflict with the Interim Accord". (ANA-MPA)

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