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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-05-05

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  • [01] Jean-Claude Juncker: Grexit not an option
  • [02] ForMin Kotzias: "Yes" to dialogue with Turkey, but no solution on Cyprus until "last boot" leaves the island
  • [03] Arturo Sandoval plays live in Athens on May 10

  • [01] Jean-Claude Juncker: Grexit not an option

    "Grexit is not an option," European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said during his speech at the University of Leuven in Belgium adding that this would cause important dangers in Europe.

    Juncker also referred to Greece's obligations to the eurozone and the need for solidarity among EU member states.

    "Greece has made mistakes in the past. The government of Antonis Samaras made the right moves and those who doubted these moves won the elections and now are faced with their pre-electoral promises," he said in reply to a student's question.

    The European Commission president noted that his main concern is not the Greek government, but Greek citizens. We have no right to address the Greek people as if it is the neglected part of Europe. We have to show solidarity, he underlined.

    "Athens must take major steps in our direction, and we must be ready to respond in an appropriate manner on the steps," he stressed.

    [02] ForMin Kotzias: "Yes" to dialogue with Turkey, but no solution on Cyprus until "last boot" leaves the island

    ANA - MPA -- Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Monday advocated dialogue with Turkey but noted that there can be no solution for Cyprus until "the last boot has left the island."

    "We know that the balance of power between Greece and Turkey has changed because of the economic figures, which obliges us to examine Turkey based on all the regional and international correlations,"

    Kotzias said during the presentation of a book by Angelos Syrigos titled "Greek-Turkish relations" at the Athens Concert Hall Megaron. He warned though that there cannot be a solution to the Cyprus issue if the island's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence are not restored based on the guarantees of the international community and the EU. 

      "It cannot happen until the last boot that reminds us that Turkish soldiers have marched through the island is gone," Kotzias said, adding that no other solution will be accepted by Greek-Cypriots or Turkish-Cypriots. 

      "The Turkish-Cypriots are the most oppressed. Therefore our demand for the withdrawal of the Turkish army is not a request for Cyprus to regain its territorial integrity, it's the democratic demand which defends the common interests of Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots," he added.   

    [03] Arturo Sandoval plays live in Athens on May 10

    ANA/MPA---Arturo Sandoval, a Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer, is coming to Athens on Sunday, May 10, for one performance at Gazarte.

    A student of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, who found him in the slums of Cuba in 1970, was so impressed with the talent and personality of the 21-year young musician, who placed him under his protection, giving him the opportunity to travel in Europe and the US.

    Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy. Sandoval is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    His compositions can also be heard at the soundtracks of films "Havana", "Random Heart", "Mambo Kings" and others.

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