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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-27

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

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  • [01] Bid for consensus fails; PM rules out elections
  • [02] Ataturk house in Thessaloniki designated as historical monument

  • [01] Bid for consensus fails; PM rules out elections

    (ANA-MPA) -- Consensus proved elusive for Greece's political leaders on Friday despite urgent pressure from the country's European partners. Despite talks lasting well over three hours, they failed to agree on the measures for exiting the dire crisis, following a closely watched council chaired by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    A 20-minute private meeting between Papoulias and Prime Minister George Papandreou followed, after which the prime minister indicated that he would not call snap elections but "proceed alone" according to ANA-MPA sources.

    The 3.5-hour meeting between the PM and the opposition leaders ended just after 4 p.m. and the atmosphere was visibly subdued and grim as they emerged.

    According to sources within New Democracy party, Samaras declined to offer his party's support of the Memorandum reiterating that it is "incorrect", while again calling for a renegotiation of the bailout package. Moreover, he reportedly also rejected a proposal by Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) leader George Karatzaferis for the creation of an "ecumenical government". Samaras said the latter would be unconstitutional.

    All refused to make public statements after the meeting, except Karatzaferis, who commented bitterly that «unfortunately, some people's 'seat' is above Greece".

    "The people did not understand that if Evrybiades hadn't come to an agreement with Themistocles in 480 B.C. that history would have written neither about them nor the date," he added. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Ataturk house in Thessaloniki designated as historical monument

    (ANA-MPA) -- The house at the corner of Apostolou Pavlou and Aghiou Dimitriou Street in Thessaloniki, where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the founder of modern Turkey - was born in 1881 has been designated a historical monument, following a unanimous decision by a ministry of culture directorate, it was announced on Friday.

    In 1935, the Thessaloniki municipal council donated the residence to the Turkish state, which decided to convert it into a museum.

    The three-floor building, dating back to 1870, was repaired in 1981 and repainted in its original pink color. Most of the furniture is authentic and any missing items were replaced with furniture from the Turkish leader's mausoleum and from the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul. (ANA-MPA)

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