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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-22

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

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  • [01] PM Papandreou briefs Parliament on Libya
  • [02] Samarasā contacts ahead of the EPP summit ļ»æ

  • [01] PM Papandreou briefs Parliament on Libya

    Prime Minister George Papandreou, briefing Parliament on Tuesday on the government's stance in relatioin to the events in Libya, stressed that "Greece will not become the evasive neutral in the developments in the region. This stance would not help national interests."

    Papandreou justified the options of the international community on Libya so that, as he said, the mass slaughter of civilians and a consequent mass immigration wave will be averted, as well as for democratic developments in the wider region to be served.

    He stressed that Greece's presence on the side of the countries in favour of armed pressure on the Gaddafi regime, with the approval of the UN Security Council, as well as the Arab League and the African Union, is in agreement with the steadfast positions of its foreign policy for respect for international law and serves national interests.

    "As a country, we have an interest to contribute to the strengthening of our international credibility without the logic of double standards," Papandreou said, noting that when Greece calls for the implementation of the UN Security Council's resolutions on Cyprus and FYROM, it cannot oppose today's. The military actions against Libya, however, must also be accompanied by an overall political approach, that will aim at the promotion of national understanding in this country and at respect for legality.

    "Many may be thinking only of today. We as a friend of the Libyan people must also think of the day after. They must know that they have a friend, with principles, unselfish, prepared to help the Libyan people in the rebuilding of their country. Greece will not become the evasive neutral in the developments. Greece's absence would not help our national interests. We shall be present with the force of principles, with respect for our commitments and for the need for the region's democratic revival," Papandreou underlined.

    "Those friends or not, who had forgotten our country's considerable geostrategic role are recognising it and discovering it again today. This element must be taken into consideration seriously and colour the EU's decisions that concern Greece as well. Greece is and shall be a real pole of principles, stability and prosperity in the region," he added.

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    ļ»æ

    [02] Samarasā contacts ahead of the EPP summit

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, currently on a visit in Brussels on the occasion of the European Peopleās Party (EPP) summit on Thursday, met with the chairman of the EPP group in the European Parliament Joseph Daul.

    Samaras also chaired the weekly meeting of the ND MEPs and later in the afternoon he was scheduled to meet with European Parliament Budget Committee Chair Alain Lamassoure.

    The ND leader will also meet with Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, the president the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and Portuguese main opposition leader Pedro Coelho, while on Thursday he will meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

    On Monday, Samaras met with European Commissioner for financial programming and the budget Janusz Lewandowski and with German MEP and budget committee member Reimer Boge.

    The ND leader stated that the meetings focused on the way Europe can deal with deficits, debts and recession, as well as, on issues concerning the economic governance and the stability of the euro. They also focused on the utilization of the European budget by countries like Greece to serve as an antidote to the crisis.

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