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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samras: Elections the only solution
  • [02] FM in Luxembourg
  • [03] KKE: Elections, not referendum
  • [04] LAOS: Ecumenical gov't

  • [01] Samras: Elections the only solution

    (ANA-MPA)--Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Sunday reiterated his call for early elections, adding that recourse to the people's verdict is the only real solution and the only path for Greece's exodus from uncertainty, addressing the first day of a parliamentary debate for a vote of confidence in the newly-reshuffled government.

    ND will not give a vote of confidence to the government, in which not even prime minister George Papandreou believes in, and because he is persisting in a policy that only creates new problems, Samaras said.(ANA-MPA)

    He also accused Papandreou of "not daring" to proceed to the creation of a "national salvation government", but instead created a partisan government aimed at gluing together his ruling PASOK party, thus opting to prevent the collapse of his party instead of the unity of the Greek people.(ANA-MPA)

    Samaras reiterated his firm positions that a renegotiation of the terms of the Memorandum, jump-starting the economy and restoring social cohesion are the only conditions for consensus, and criticised the government of carrying on with the same, wrong policy 'recipe" that would lead the country to an absolute dead-end.(ANA-MPA)

    "We will not destabilise the country. It has been destabilised enough by the government. We do not want to govern ruins tomorrow. We are not the same as PASOK. Regardless of the outcome of the vote of confidence, the government has permanently lost the confidence of the people. That is irreversible," Samaras concluded.(ANA-MPA)

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    [02] FM in Luxembourg

    (ANA-MPA)--Greece's new foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis heads to Luxembourg on Sunday to take part in an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in the afternoon, called by EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy Baroness Catherine Ashton to discuss developments in North Africa and the wider Middle East.

    The discussions will be followed by a working dinner, during which the Middle East Peace Process will be discussed.(ANA-MPA)

    On Monday, Lambrinidis will take part in a foreign ministers' Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which will discuss developments in the Southern Neighborhood, the Middle East and the relevant peace process, Sudan, Albania, Belarus, and matters pertaining to the European Neighborhood Policy.(ANA-MPA)

    On Monday afternoon, an EU-Western Balkans ministerial meeting will take place on sidelines of the Council.(ANA-MPA)

    The EU foreign ministers' General Affairs Council will meet on Tuesday, with Greece represented by alternate foreign minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou. The agenda includes preparation for the EU summit meeting on June 23-24 and presentation of the European Council's program for the next 18 months.(ANA-MPA)

    This will be Lambrinidis' first participation in the EU foreign ministers' councils since his assumption of the Greek foreign ministry on Friday.(ANA-MPA)

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    [03] KKE: Elections, not referendum

    (ANA-MPA)--Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga opposed a referendum, but said 'yes' to early elections, addressing a vote of confidence debate in parliament on Sunday.

    She clarified, however, that the KKE was taking this position under a different viewpoint from the other parties, with the aim of a "popular class movement and a weak government" arising.(ANA-MPA)

    Papariga disagreed with the prime minister's proposal for a referendum, warning that it was only "the other side of the harsh suppression o the people's struggles".(ANA-MPA)

    She warned that the "reshuffled government, the same PASOK, cannot fool those it has been fooling until now", and charged that the present government will go down in history as the government that "locked in the controlled bankruptcy" of the country, "the consecutive Memorandums", and the "emergency mammoth borrowing of 90-100 billion euros".(ANA-MPA)

    However, she stressed, the government will "present all those as a victory".(ANA-MPA)

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    [04] LAOS: Ecumenical gov't

    (ANA-MPA)--Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis called for early elections "that will produce an ecumenical government" as "the only government that can save Greece", speaking during a vote of confidence debate in parliament on Sunday, and blamed the prime minister and the main opposition leader of "kicking the opportunity away" for a "national salvation government".

    "Some sides did not want an ecumenical government because they chose facilitation of the two-party system over a national salvation government," Karatzaferis said, calling the prime minister's decision for a government reshuffle "cunning", adding that it led to a government of the "deep PASOK", which was "ineffectual" for Greece.(ANA-MPA)

    Prime minister George Papandreou converted a parliamentary group "in a state of collapse" into a parliamentary group of "granite".(ANA-MPA)

    "This is good for Mr. Papandreou, but bad for Greece," Karatzaferis said.(ANA-MPA)

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