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

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Samaras: Greek bond buyback 'went well'
  • [02] SYRIZA blasts PM's interview with German newspaper
  • [03] Greece-China meeting on boosting agricultural cooperation

  • [01] PM Samaras: Greek bond buyback 'went well'

    MUNICH (AMNA/F.Karaviti) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expressed here on Sunday evening satisfaction over a Greek bond buyback programme, which is part of the country's bail out, saying it had gone "very well".

    Speaking to reporters after a working dinner with Bavarian Minister President (local prime minister) and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party, Horst Seehofer, at Prince Charles Palace, Samaras said that the buyback procedure, which ended last Friday evening, "went very well".

    He underlined that "with the 10 billion euros from the EFSF to cut down Greece's debt by 20 billion euros and so to reduce the debt/GDP ratio...by Monday or Tuesday, one would be able to say with certainty that things have gone well."

    According to the Greek premier, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who accompanies him in his Bavaria visit, was in contact with Brussels over the results of a meeting of the Euro Working Group.

    "Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language: Samaras also expressed satisfaction over his talks with the Bavarian Minister President. He was warmly welcomed earlier in the day, by Seehofer at Prince Charles Palace. amna

    [02] SYRIZA blasts PM's interview with German newspaper

    AMNA -- Main opposition SYRIZA on Saturday said Prime Minister Antonis Samaras lacked credibility and called him dangerous, anticipating that the hour that he will leave is not far away, in a written commenting on Samaras' interview with a German newspaper appearing Friday, ahead of his visit to Bavaria. "Wherever he goes, the Prime Minister states his faith in the Memorandum policy, while his forecasts for growth next year prove that he is outside the realm of reality, as the repercussions of the extreme austerity are tragic for the Greek society and economy," the SYRIZA statement said.

    SYRIZA called Samaras' references "for respect of the laws and the democratic procedures" hypocritical, given that the prime minister himself and his government were daily issuing Legislative Acts, thus circumventing parliament and effectively abolishing the Constitution and judicial rulings, and covering those who were covering the tax evaders on the Lagarde list, and not only.

    The government, in a response by government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou, lashed back that "dangerous is to undermine your country as it attempts to stand on its own feet".

    "What is lacking credibility is the mish-mash of extreme components (that comprise SYRIZA). What is unethical is to want to govern with a populist delirium. The only consolation is that the Greeks understand all this, Kedikoglou concluded. amna

    [03] Greece-China meeting on boosting agricultural cooperation

    AMNA / Visiting Chinese Agriculture Undersecretary, Yu Xinrong, met on Friday with Agricultural Development Minister Athanasios Tsaftaris and Alternate Minister Maximos Harakopoulos, with their discussion focusing on the development of Greece-China relations in the rural sector, and boosting exports of Greek farm products.

    The two sides agreed to step up actions on further expanding agricultural cooperation to the mutual benefit of both countries.


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