HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read the Monthly Armed Forces Magazine (Hellenic MOD Mirror on HR-Net)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Sunday, 22 October 2017
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-06

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou extends invitation to political dialogue
  • [02] FM Lambrinidis holds talks with German counterpart

  • [01] Papandreou extends invitation to political dialogue

    Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday lashed out at all those who incite or exercise violence targeting Parliament deputies and political parties, as he said.

    Addressing a Cabinet meeting, Papandreou rejected the view promoted by certain circles blaming the economic crisis and austerity measures for all the country's ills.

    "The crisis alone cannot breed violence," the prime minister stressed, adding that "assaults, attacks and jeering, even when targeting ordinary citizens, are being urged and incited by extreme political groups" and "by individuals desperately seeking a personal political role, as well as, by certain media-bred public opinion shapers".

    He said that everybody should assume their share of responsibility and underlined that "a State that is ruled by the law cannot tolerate ‚spontaneous‚ or organized violence."

    He pointed out that the attacks on MPs and the parliament "mutilate democracy and undermine civil liberties". Referring to historical precedence, he stressed that "every time anti-parliamentarianism and the practice of challenging democratic institutions were cultivated have resulted to anti-democratic diversion."

    Papandreou extended an "invitation to dialogue and responsibility" to everybody and added that he will suggest the establishment of a cross-party committee to discuss and decide on policies and measures "that will protect institutions, safeguard the rule of law, improve the organizing of public gatherings, police operation, etc.

    The prime minister referred to the reforms currently promoted by the government focusing on the tertiary education and stressed that reactions are expected by those "who have an interest in maintaining the status quo".

    Expressed faith in the reforms that are being promoted and pointed out that "the decisions we make today will serve in the future as a reference point; a turning point in our country‚s history."

    Papandreou ruled out the likelihood of snap elections, stressing that in 2013 the people will be called to assess the job done.

    &copy; ANA-MPA SA. Intellectual rights and copyright belong to the ANA-MPA S.A.

    Reproduction of ANA-MPA content by visitors of this website is strictly forbidden.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [02] FM Lambrinidis holds talks with German counterpart

    Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis met in Berlin on Wednesday with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.

    According to a Foreign ministry announcement, Lambrinidis stressed that "the solidarity being shown by Germany and the responsibility, as well as the solidarity and responsibility that Greece is also being called on to show are, I think, the basic principles that will take us out, united and stronger as Europeans, from this crisis."

    Lambrinidis further said "with Guido we discussed a great deal about the efforts to tackle this crisis. Greece has proved its determination over this past year and a half. It took measures that it had to and will take even more difficult measures now. Measures that cost dearly to the Greek people, measures that are producing, thanks to the sacrifices of the Greek people and I am deeply grateful to Guido Westerwelle and in our discussion over the fact that so much and so intenseley and so much, if you want, humanely recognised these sacrifices. I thanked him naturally particularly for Germany's contribution to this very difficult effort for Greece as well as for Europe."

    Lambrinidis also said "I want to stress here something that is frequently overlooked. Today's Greece is consistent, it is reliable. We are fulfilling the measures that we have said that we shall take. Last year the changes that took place in the country in one year alone were changes that have not taken place ever in any other European country in the history of the European Union. Mistakes were made naturally and we are corrrecting them with new determination and with new support from our partners and for this reason I thank once again publicly for the solidarity and for the support."

    Lastly, Lambrinidis said "it is not only the European and the Greek-German issues that preoccupied us. We spoke of the 'Arab spring', we spoke about Libya, we spoke about the Middle East, about a series of issues that we shall each face seperately as well as together as Europeans soon."

    &copy; ANA-MPA SA. Intellectual rights and copyright belong to the ANA-MPA S.A.

    Reproduction of ANA-MPA content by visitors of this website is strictly forbidden.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


    Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    ana2html v2.01 run on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 20:30:22 UTC