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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-11-03

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

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  • [01] PM's statement after Cannes meeting
  • [02] FinMin: Greece's place in euro a historic conquest

  • [01] PM's statement after Cannes meeting

    Cannes (AMNA/G. Milionis) -- Greek prime minister George Papandreou said that the Greek people have the "wisdom and maturity" to take the correct decisions, speaking in the first hours of Thursday in Cannes, where he held talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European officials on the sidelines of a G20 meeting and informed them of his decision to call a referendum.

    "I consider that the Greek people have the wisdom and knowledge to take the right decisions that will guarantee our country's steady participation in the eurozone," Papandreou said.amna

    "On October 26-27, in Brussels (eurozone summit), we took collective decisions, which are to the benefit of both our country and the eurozone, and which contribute to reduction of the debt, lightening the burden on the Greek people, the country's developmental course, and major structural changes," Papandreou said.

    [02] FinMin: Greece's place in euro a historic conquest

    AMNA--Greek finance minister and government vice president Evangelos Venizelos stressed in the early hours of Thursday that Greece's position in the euro is a historic conquest of the country that no one can put into dispute and a conquest of the Greek people that cannot be made dependent on a referendum, in a statement upon his return to Athens at 4:45 a.m. from Cannes, where he and prime minister George Papandreou had talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a G20 meeting.amna

    In an apparent break from Papandreou's surprise announcement on Monday night that he intends to call a referendum on a second bailout loan agreed at the eurogroup summit, which has drawn increasing fire from his ruling PASOK party as well as all the opposition parties with calls for early elections or the creation of a national unity or national salvation government, Venizelos said: "Greece's position in the euro is a historic conquest of the country that no one can put into dispute. It is a conquest of the Greek people that cannot be made dependent on a referendum."


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