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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM: Greece comes first
  • [02] Canadian PM visits Kalavryta
  • [03] International 'With Tray in Hand' race

  • [01] PM: Greece comes first

    (ANA-MPA)-Greece comes first, prime minister George Papandreou said on Sunday, adding that he will do his duty in the face of the risk of Greece remaining years behind, during an address to local officials in Kalavryta.

    "At this time, the country comes first. Not myself, nor PASOK, nor the political parties. In the face of the risk of Greece remaining years behind, I will do my duty. I do not care about petty-party politics and the political cost," Papandreou said.(ANA-MPA)

    The premier said that from the outset he had sought cooperation so that the country would exit the crisis more quickly while, on last week's meeting of the political party leaders chaired by the President of the Republic, he said that "we converge on many things".(ANA-MPA)

    "Political will is needed to transcend the party interests, and this will be proven in action. We can be different, but not enemies," Papandreou said, urging that such a picture of seriousness on the part of the country would give a resounding reply to those who doubt Greece.(ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Canadian PM visits Kalavryta

    (ANA-MPA)-Visiting Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and his wife, accompanied by Greek prime minister George Papandreou, on Sunday visited the historic city of Kalavryta, site of a WWII Nazi massacre, where they laid wreaths at the monument to the Greeks slain by the 117th Commando Division on December 13, 1943.

    The two prime ministers also visited the Aghia Lavra monastery earlier, on the second day of a two-day official visit by the Canadian premier.(ANA-MPA)

    The two officials were greeted on arrival by Kalavryta mayor George Lazouras, who said it was an honor to welcome the two prime ministers to Aghia Lavra, where the banner on which the freedom fighters of the 1821 revolution against Ottoman rule swore themselves to the struggle, which is also the site where the entire male population of the city was massacred on December 13, 1943.(ANA-MPA)

    After a guided tour of the Monastery, the two premiers also visited the Kalavryta Holocaust Museum, where Harper signed the official guest book.(ANA-MPA)

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    [03] International 'With Tray in Hand' race

    More than 200 waiters from all over Europe competed in Athens on Sunday in a novel race against time...and gravity!

    Contestants from 40 European countries vied for the title of fastest and steadiest waiter in the international "With Tray in Hand" race from the Archaeological Museum on Athens' central Patission street to the Acropolis.

    The competing waiters set off at 10:00 in the morning from outside the Archaeological Museum, and quickly covered the distance along Stadiou, Filellinon and Vassilissis Amalias streets to the finish line at the Dionyssiou Areopagitou pedestrian walk at the foot of the Acropolis, all carrying a tray holding a bottle and four glasses.

    The best and fastest were awarded, while spectators were treated to a concert and other artistic happenings after the race.

    The contest was held under the aegis of the Greek ministry of culture and tourism, the Greek national tourism organisation (GNTO), the City of Athens and the association of Plaka shop owners.

    (Photo: ANA-MPA/M. Marogianni)

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