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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-23

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

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  • [01] National Defence minister to represent Greece, EU presidency at Mitsopoulos' funeral Monday
  • [02] Coast Guard's search to locate missing undocumented migrants fruitless

  • [01] National Defence minister to represent Greece, EU presidency at Mitsopoulos' funeral Monday

    ANA-MPA - National Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos will represent the Greek government, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the presidency of the Council of the European Union at the funeral of Cyprus Defence Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos (photo) being held Monday in Larnaca.

    Mitsopoulos, 49, collapsed in his office in Nicosia on Friday and died on Saturday from a cerebral hemorrhage. He had been appointed to the post on March 14.

    Samaras, government Vice President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Avramopoulos and other political leaders issued condolences on the Cypriot minister's death.

    "A great patriot, a good friend and a wonderful person, Tasos Mitsopoulos, Defence Minister of Cyprus, has left us. He was distinguished for his love for Greece and his passion for the Cyprus problem. I am deeply shocked by his sudden death," Samaras said in a press release.

    Venizelos remembered him as "a responsible politician, a nice man who, throughout his life, in whatever office he served, worked tirelessly for the rights of the people of Cyprus," while his counterpart, Avramopoulos said in a message, "It is a big and multiple loss of a close friend of mine; a loss for the Cypriot people and the Greek people at a critical juncture, both for Cyprus and the wider region....We travelled along a long path of cooperation and personal friendship".

    [02] Coast Guard's search to locate missing undocumented migrants fruitless

    ANA/MPA---Coast Guard's rescue operation to locate two missing undocumented migrants that were on board a dinghy that sank under unidentified circumstances off Korakas Cape, Lesvos island, on Tuesday remain fruitless.

    Seventeen persons were on board the dinghy that sank, eight of them were rescued while seven were found dead.

    The rescued migrants are being hosted in Mytilene on Lesvos and the port authorities are conducting a preliminary investigation.

    Shipping and Aegean Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis called the incident tragic and underlined that Greece follows the illegal migration rules noting that the problem is not Greek or Italian but a EU problem.


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