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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greek Independence Day at White House
  • [02] FM interview with 'Hurriyet'
  • [03] Gov't: Signs of growth 

  • [01] Greek Independence Day at White House

    (ANA-MPA) -- US President Barack Obama greets Archbishop of America Demetrios on Saturday, March 26, 2011, on the occasion of a special ceremony hosted at the White House in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 190th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence against Ottoman rule, which was celebrated on Friday, March 25, in Greece and throughout ethnic Greek communities around the world.

    The contribution of Greece, the birthplace of democracy, to the founding and enrichment of the national character of the United States was stressed by Obama in a proclamation entitled "Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy", issued on Friday.

    In the proclamation, Obama also underscored the role played by the Greek American community as a bridge between the two countries and also as one of the most dynamic elements of American society. ANA-MPA / GANP / D. PANAGOS

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    [02] FM interview with 'Hurriyet'

    (ANA-MPA) -- There must be a solution in exploratory talks between the Greek and Turkish foreign ministries, otherwise recourse should be taken in the International Court of Justice at The Hague over the Aegean's continental shelf, following the upcoming general elections in Turkey, Greek FM Dimitris Droutsas was quoted as saying on Monday.

    He also called on EU member-state Turkey to sign the widely implemented UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    In an interview appearing in the Turkish mass daily "Hurriyet", Droutsas said exploratory talks need to produce a result, adding that, from the contacts and statements that have been made, it is perceived that the conditions have ripened for Turkey to sign the Law of the Sea Convention.

    "They tell us that Turkey is following a policy of zero problems with its neighbours; that it has changed; that it respects international law; that it wants to be a protagonist in the region and does not desire tension," Droutsas said, adding that: "On a daily basis, however, we face many issues that cause tension -- Turkish warplanes fly constantly over isles inhabited by Greek people. Turkish fleet vessels constantly sail very close to our territorial waters". (ANA-MPA)

    Droutsas stressed that Athens has the right to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles under the international law of the seas, whereas Turkey has threatened to take counter-measures if this occurs, something viewed in Athens as a "casus belli" directed against Greece. "That, however, is an open violation of the UN convention, which is the sacred text of the Law of the Sea. And I ask, is this how Turkey will develop the dogma of zero problems?" (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Gov't: Signs of growth

    (ANA-MPA) -- Speaking to reporters after an interministerial session chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday on the planning of the government's work, a senior minister stressed that "growth has begun to appear."

    According to the same source, apart from the fiscal framework, the discussion focused on the government's growth initiatives, while conveying the "spirit" in which the government is moving, he said that it concerns "how we secure in the fiscal planning growth priorities in each sector and ministry" and additionally how "we shall unblock growth procedures."

    According to reports, Papaconstantinou presented during the meeting macroeconomic data by which growth has begun to appear and recession is becoming "shallower." (ANA-MPA)

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