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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-02-21

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

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  • [01] Samaras: 'We will protect foreign investments at all costs'
  • [02] Culture minister on Parthenon Marbles issue

  • [01] Samaras: 'We will protect foreign investments at all costs'

    AMNA -- A strong message has been voiced by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that the government will not tolerate activities similar to last Sunday's incendiary attack against the Hellenic Gold worksite in the town of Skouries, in the northern peninsula of Halkidiki, when some 40 masked intruders stormed the facility and set fire to machinery.

    In statements to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, premier Samaras said that "this kind of act cannot be tolerated."

    "Greece is a modern European country, and we will at all costs protect foreign investment in the country," he added.

    "This is an investment that we very much want, and the whole procedure for the final approval will be finished within the next ten days," the Greek premier told the WSJ as regards another mind in Thrace.amna

    [02] Culture minister on Parthenon Marbles issue

    AMNA -- Greece and the United Kingdom have a different approach on the issue of the Parthenon Marbles, alternate Education Minister responsible for cultural affairs Costas Tzavaras said on Thursday in reply to statements by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

    There is a clear "difference in approach and conception separating us (Greece) from the United Kingdom on the issue of the Parthenon Marbles", he said.

    While on a visit to India, Cameron was faced with a demand by the country's government for the repatriation to India of the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is currently set into the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and is on display at the Tower of London.amna

    The diamond, one of the largest known in the world, is believed to have originated in India's Andhra Pradesh state.

    Rejecting the Indian claim for its return home, the British premier likened the case to that of the Parthenon Marbles, the return of which has been demanded for long time by Greece.amna

    Tzavaras stressed that "it is not necessary for us to reiterate anything else on this issue apart from that: Greece's steadfast national position has been and will always be that the Marbles be repatriated and be materially linked to the place where the civilisation that created them was born and flourished."


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