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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-09-26

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

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  • [01] FinMin: Government's measures created 'positive impression'
  • [02] Greek FM expresses Athens' concerns over E. Med developments

  • [01] FinMin: Government's measures created 'positive impression'

    New York (AMNA/P. Panagiotou) -- Greek finance minister Evangelos Venizelos said late Sunday that the measures taken by the Greek government have created a "very positive impression" and noted that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has already issued an announcement on the return of the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and IMF troika to Greece in the next few days, in a statement after meeting in Washington earlier in the day with IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet.amna

    Venizelos said that "the difficult and tough measures we have taken, the measures were decided by the government and are backed by the (ruling) PASOK parliamentary group, have created a very positive impression, because everyone has been convinced that Greece perceives the situation, wants to protect itself, wants to break the vicious circle, and wants to exit from this condition of reduced fiscal sovereignty that hurts the pride of the Greeks".amna

    "This, therefore, helps us very much in our contacts and negotiations. That was also the basis of the discussions I had with Ms. Lagarde at the IMF and with Mr. Trichet. In fact, we had the opportunity to meet the three of us together, without assistants, for a discussion that was very interesting and very significant. What is important, then, is that we are moving ahead normally," Venizelos said.

    [02] Greek FM expresses Athens' concerns over E. Med developments

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    AMNA (NEW YORK CITY) -- Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis late Saturday expressed Athens' concern over what he called Ankara's "threats and hostile actions against the Republic of Cyprus, speaking from the podium at the 66th UN General Assembly.

    Lambrinidis sternly condemned what he called Turkey's hostile "rhetoric" and reiterated Greece's support for the UN-brokered peace process to unify the island republic.

    He further juxtaposed Turkey's polemics with Athens' stance, stressing the latter's commitment to exploratory talks with Turkey on the issue of delineating the Aegean's continental shelf, adding however, that in case Turkish leadership decides against cooperation, then the issue should be referred to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

    Turning to developments in the wider region, Lambrinidis expressed (AMNA) Greece's complete support for the "Arab Spring" and what he said was the "rights of peoples" for democracy and a better life, touching particularly on Greek actions vis-a-vis the recent conflict in Libya, such as the evacuation of thousands of third country nationals from the North Africa country, support of the NATO 'no fly' decision and a continuous Greek diplomatic presence in Benghazi.

    Regarding the timely issue of the Palestinian Authority's request for recognition of independence by the UN body -- a matter that dominated the limelight at the 66th General Assembly -- Lambrinidis repeated Greek policy in support of Palestinians' right to their own nation, as well as in their right to petition for such recognition. AMNA


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