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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-30

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  • [01] PM to ministers: Be patient
  • [02] Samaras: ND prepared for snap elections
  • [03] ┼vent against human trafficking ´╗┐

  • [01] PM to ministers: Be patient

    (ANA-MPA) -- Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday urged the members of his government to "arm themselves with patience and determination", stressing that the government was "running a marathon".

    Addressing a meeting of the cabinet, he said that he had personally armed himself with both these qualities and called on his ministers and deputy ministers to do the same and inspire the same attitude in the public.

    With a message of encouragement, the prime minister said that Greece was approaching the end of the recession but noted that this would not mean the end of the crisis or the problems.

    "It is an important step toward relief so that we can fight the battles from better positions," he added.

    Referring to public debate as conducted through the mass media, Papandreou stressed that there was a distortion of everything being said and done and noted that the government's work was the "only answer to the irrationality of public debate".

    Referring to the latest cut in Greece's credit rating by Standard & Poors and other credit rating agencies, Papandreou said these had swung from one extreme, that of blind confidence in toxic bonds, to the opposite extreme of blind pessimism, fear and panic. In the same way that their predictions about Greece had been proved wrong so far, so would they be proved wrong now, he said. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Samaras: ND prepared for snap elections

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday that his party is prepared for elections, whenever they take place, addressing a meeting of his party's executive committee.

    He also stressed that he will not accept "co-governance with a PASOK that cannot find agreement even with itself, nor collaborations with those who backed the Memorandum", in a reference to the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) party and to independent MP and former ND minister Dora Bakoyannis, who now heads her own fledgling Democratic Alliance party.

    Samaras further warned that he will not consent to "God-sent, non-institutional solutions". (ANA-MPA).

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    [03] ┼vent against human trafficking

    (┴═┴-MPA) - -A special event aimed at raising public awareness on the problem of human trafficking was sponsored on Wednesday by the foreign ministry, the embassy of Canada and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    The event centred on the award-winning Canadian film-documentary "Sex Slaves", which records --through hidden cameras -- the efforts by a Ukrainian man to rescue his wife, a victim of human trafficking.

    Addressing the event, Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis stressed that the goal set is to collect as many signatures as possible by well-known personalities in support of a declaration of principles against modern slavery. (┴═┴-MPA)

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