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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-18

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Samaras meets with Romanian counterpart
  • [02] Rescue operation to locate missing migrants off Lesvos continues
  • [03] Public sector union ADEDY holds 48h strike on Wed. and Thurs.

  • [01] PM Samaras meets with Romanian counterpart

    ANA/MPA--Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta expressed their support for a peaceful and viable solution in Ukraine, following the latest developments in the region, in statements after their meeting at Maximos Mansion on Tuesday.

    Samaras underlined that the solution found should respect the integrity of the countries, adding that secessionist movements do not help.

    "I am categorically opposed to moves that would assist the division in any European country and developing a cold war climate. We seek to defuse tension," Samaras noted.

    The Romanian Prime Minister stated that what is happening is faced with international law adding that he clearly supports the EU position to solve these problems and avoid a cold war. He also warned that if this problem is not solved, other countries will have similar problems.

    The two leaders discussed all bilateral issues, such as Greek investments in Romania, and stressed the need for the further development of both countries.

    Samaras expressed his support to Romania's accession to Schengen Treaty, while Ponta congratulated him on Greece's efforts to deal with the economic crisis.

    "Greece and Romania have overcome difficulties and there is prospect for further development in our countries," Ponta said, who also referred extensively to the issues of Moldova and Georgia.

    Samaras said that Greece, which has the EU presidency, was seeking a pre-accession agreement and the implementation of the agreement on visas. He also announced that he would visit Moldova on April 8.

    [02] Rescue operation to locate missing migrants off Lesvos continues

    ANA/MPA---The eight undocumented migrants rescued after the capsizing of their dinghy off Lesvos island early on Tuesday were transferred to the Mytilene port to receive first aid and medical care while Greek Coast Guard continues its operation to locate two other missing migrants.

    Seventeen undocumented migrants were on a dinghy that sank off cave Korakas near the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos early on Tuesday. Seven people, among them two minors and three women were found drowned and their bodies were sent to Lesvos port.

    According to the Shipping Ministry, Coast Guard's Rescue and Operation Center was informed by the relevant Turkish center in Ankara that a Tukish freighter that was in the area rescued two undocumented migrants.

    A rescue operation was launched immediately to locate the missing undocumented migrants. Five Coast Guard patrol vessels, a Super Puma helicopter, a tanker and the ferry Theofilos took part in the operation.

    A few hours later the authorities were informed that the sunken dinghy was found by a freighter 2.3 nautical miles off Korakas cape.

    A fishing boat and divers located inside the dinghy five bodies (three women, a man and a boy). The bodies of two other migrants (a man and a girl) were also located in the area.

    Moreover, six more undocumented migrants were found in the same sea region who were rescued by a Turkish Coast Guard vessel. The rescued migrants were tranferred to Mytilene port.

    The rescue operation continues.

    [03] Public sector union ADEDY holds 48h strike on Wed. and Thurs.

    Public sector union ADEDY on Wednesday and Thursday holds a 48hour nationwide strike against the mobility scheme and possible layoffs in the public sector.

    On Wednesday, workers will hold a rally at Klafthmonos square, Athens, and at Eleftherios Venizelos statue, Thessaloniki, at 11.00. On Thursday, a rally will take place at Klafthmonos square, at 13.00.


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