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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-09

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  • [01] Tsipras again demands rescind support for Memorandum
  • [02] FinMin: Political leaders must decide on 435-mln-bond
  • [03] ND leader: I hope Tsipras will change his mind
  • [04] Kammenos calls on parties to take position on five points
  • [05] Five of first 100 men checked after unprotected sex with HIV+ prostitutes test positive

  • [01] Tsipras again demands rescind support for Memorandum

    AMNA--Leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday held a series of meetings with delegations of social partners, within the framework of his efforts to form a government.

    "We are very concerned for the country's governance, but foremostly, we are concerned over the contents (of policy). We do not ask for statements of remorse, we ask that whatever shenanigans against the Greek people cease; we ask for honest statements," he said, a day after demanding that the leaders of ND and PASOK parties, Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos, respectively, rescind their support for the EC-ECB-IMF bailout Memorandums signed by the previous Greek government.amna

    Referring to the two rival political leaders, Tsipras said that if they accept our proposals as the basis of dialogue; if they reassure us that commitments to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde are not valid, then maybe discussion has a meaning ... if they seek to lead the country into a government that is a hostage in their comittments, they should forget it".

    [02] FinMin: Political leaders must decide on 435-mln-bond

    AMNA--Finance Minister Filippos Sahinidis on Wednesday stressed that a pre-registration contract opening the path for a preliminary recapitalisation of domestic banks will be ready in the next few day.

    Speaking on a private Athens television station, Sahinidis, who retains his portfolio given that no new government has arisen following the May 6 election in Greece, also emphasised that a decision over a 435-million-euro bond that matures on May 15 -- and which has not been included in the recent PSI 'haircut' -- will be taken by political leaders.

    "Leaders of political parties represented in Parliament must come to an understanding, so that we know what their opinion is ... because I could not take any initiative and commit myself vis-a-vis future governments without taking into consideration the view expressed by political leaders," he underlined.amna

    [03] ND leader: I hope Tsipras will change his mind

    AMNA--New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Wednesday made a plea to the Greek people and all the forces of the center-right in or outside parliament in order, as he said, for Greece's course in Europe to be safeguarded and the economic policy to be changed.

    Addressing ND's Executive Secretariat, Samaras stressed that "before the elections we had warned of the danger of lack of governance and now are doing our best to prevent it, we are doing whatever possible to restore the governmental stability".amna

    Samaras opined that an agreed amendment of some articles of the loan agreement is one thing and a unilateral denouncement of it is something else that leads with certainty to disaster. "I hope that Mr. Tsipras will come to his senses by our meeting this afternoon. If not, then it will mean that he is trying to create an anti-Europe front.amna

    [04] Kammenos calls on parties to take position on five points

    AMNA--Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos, speaking Wednesday at the first meeting of his party's parliamentary group that emerged from Sunday's general elections, called for a rallying of all the forces that are against the Memorandum, for the creation a major anti-Memorandum front, and called his party a "force of stability in a climate of unreliability".

    He said that the denouncement of the loan agreements, denouncement of the Memorandum, a write-off of Greece's debt, punishment of the guilty, and the delineation of Greece's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), are the five points on which he calls on all the political parties to take a position.amna

    "We can create a governmental majority," he said, and strongly criticised PASOK and New Democracy (ND) on their stance on the Memorandum and towards the bankers, adding that his party marks a return to morality.amna

    "Our movement is not dependent on sponsors or bosses. We give account only to the Greek citizens, they are our bosses," Kammenos said, adding that in the elections the Greeks sent the message that they are not intimidated by the new order.

    [05] Five of first 100 men checked after unprotected sex with HIV+ prostitutes test positive

    AMNA--Five of the first 100 men checked after allegedly having unprotected sex with HIV+ prostitutes have tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, the health minister announced on Wednesday.

    Minister Andreas Loverdos added that the number of recently checked sex workers, both registered and illegal prostitutes, who have tested HIV+ reached 29.amna

    Loverdos said the number of prostitutes found to be HIV+in ongoing medical checks in and around downtown Athens districts with a high concentration of prostitutes commenced on May 2 via mobile units belonging the Centre for the Control and Prevention of Diseases (KEEL.PNO) rose to 29, of which 28 are streetwalkers and only one found in an illegal brothel.

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