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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-09-11

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

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  • [01] Barroso: Fiscal changes and reforms in Greece 'very impressive'
  • [02] Venizelos on Syria: Greece has condemned chemical weapon use, not specific actor

  • [01] Barroso: Fiscal changes and reforms in Greece 'very impressive'

    STRASBOURG (ANA/MPA-N.Roussis) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called the fiscal changes and reforms applied in Greece in the last years extremely impressive, speaking before the European Parliament plenum on Wednesday in Strasbourg.

    In the opening of his speech, Barroso referred to the current situation in the European Union and said that after the impressive changes that took place in Greece in the last three years, the country is close to having a primary surplus.

    Referring to the picture of the Greek economy before the crisis, he reiterated that at that time all the eminent economists were almost certain that Greece would leave or would be forced to leave the eurozone and that that would have a domino effect on other eurozone country members.

    "However, nothing like that happened," Barroso concluded.

    [02] Venizelos on Syria: Greece has condemned chemical weapon use, not specific actor

    Referring to Greece's position concerning events in Syria while addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Government Vice-President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos stressed that his previous statements condemned the use of chemical weapons but not any specific party for using them.

    "Greece has asked and is asking for a clear, unequivocal and steadfast condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, is asking for a peace conference on Syria's future (Geneva-2) and a comprehensive plan equivalent to the peace process for the Middle East," Venizelos told Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

    "At no time has Greece referred to military intervention, at no time condemned any actor for the use of chemical weapons but their use in itself - and at no time was any actor referred to precisely because we are waiting for the international community to decide," he said.

    Venizelos came under fire from opposition MPs for his statements so far, with main opposition SYRIZA MP Theodoros Dritsas noting that "Greece has become identified with the forces that announced aggressive initiatives, ignoring global concern over their one-sided evaluations." SYRIZA MP Zoi Constantopoulou said that the foreign minister had "used human rights to justify our country's participation in a war of aggression".

    Replying, Venizelos accused them of a "deliberate and childishly distorted reading" of his statements.


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