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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-27

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  • [01] Papoutsis address in NYC
  • [02] Obama-Papandreou talks
  • [03] Miniscule radioactivity levels
  • [04] Jurists mull 'slowdown' 

  • [01] Papoutsis address in NYC

    NEW YORK CITY (ANA-MPA) --- Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis emphasised the importance of cooperation between the Greek and Cypriot side with the United States, speaking here on Saturday during an address at the 39th Convention of the Cyprus Federation of America.

    "Greece and Cyprus are at the forefront of developments in our region," he said, emphasising the importance of "cooperation with the United States on all levels," he said.

    Papoutsis noted that there was an "enormous field" for joint action by Greece, Cyprus and the U.S. and also that Greece had recently felt strong support from the U.S. since the stance of the German government had changed after the visit of the US Secretary of the Treasury to Germany.

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    [02] Obama-Papandreou talks

    (ANA-MPA) -- Developments in Libya were the main issue discussed in talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, according to Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas.

    In an interview with the state television channel on Saturday morning, Droutsas said the issue of what would happen next and what role Greece might play due to its strategic significance in the region dominated their discussion.

    Another important issue covered in the Obama-Papandreou phone conversation were the decisions at the European Council, with Obama asking to be briefed by Papandreou and once again acknowledged the efforts being made by Greece and its people to exit the crisis.

    Referring to a meeting on Libya that will take place in London next Tuesday, with the participation of NATO member-state and Arab foreign ministers, Droutsas said that Greece would be presenting its own positions and proposals for the "following day". (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo.

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    [03] Miniscule radioactivity levels

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) on Saturday reassured that concentrations of radioactive elements that reached Greece in air masses on Thursday were miniscule and there was not a slightest affect on the health or the environment.

    There was no cause for concern, nor was any protective measure necessary, the commission said, adding that no concern has been expressed by any European country nor the taking of any measures has been proposed.

    The GAEC said that between March 24 and 25, readings in Greece showed concentrations of radioactivity (Iodine-131) in the atmosphere at 125 millionths of a becquerel (Bq) per cubic meter of air. This concentration, according to the EEAE, is equal to a dose of radiation of one-millionth of the annual dose from the natural radiation the average human is exposed to. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Jurists mull 'slowdown'

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greece's judges and prosecutors may be moving toward a work slowdown or "white strike" in protest against government plans to cut a bonus for faster handling of cases and a library benefit. This was suggested by Supreme Court Judge Haralambos Athanassiou, the president of the Judges and Prosecutors' Union in an interview with the ANA-MPA on Sunday.

    During this, Athanassiou accused the government's economic team of passing measures that attempted to undermine and abolish the independence of Greek justice.

    "During the 'white' strike the judges will reduce the number of rulings issued each day by 75 percent, leading to exasperation of the public, offences becoming statute-barred and the country's condemnation for delays in administering justice," he said. (ANA-MPA)

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