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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-09

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

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  • [01] First discussion on Greek debt on Monday's Eurogroup, says Dijsselbloem
  • [02] Young refugees visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum
  • [03] Police arrests 15 people in relation to suspected international drug dealing ring

  • [01] First discussion on Greek debt on Monday's Eurogroup, says Dijsselbloem

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/C. Vasilaki) – The eurozone's finance ministers will hold their first discussion on Greece's debt on Monday, the meeting's head Jeroen Dijsselbloem said as he arrived for talks in Brussels, adding that no final conclusions are expected.

    "We're definitely going to discuss it. We'll discuss when, if, under what conditions this could take place, is it necessary. But this is the first discussion we'll have on it. I don't expect any definite conclusions as yet," he told journalists, adding that the topic will be brought up again at the regular Eurogroup on May 24.

    The technical work on the issue will take place in the next few weeks and, during the same period, the institutions will also confirm the implementation of the reforms, he added.

    Asked about the contingency mechanism, he said it will be automatic and will come into action if the Greek budget gets off track. "The optimists say they're well on track and they will remain on track and then we won't need the contingency, but if they do deviate, automatically some additional measures will come into effect and those we are going to discuss today."

    [02] Young refugees visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum

    "We want Europe to find again the comparative values of democracy, the tolerance and the acceptance of the individual without discriminations of sexual or religious orientation," Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas stated on Monday while receiving approximately 100 refugees, mostly young Syrians and Afghans, hosted at the reception centers at Eleonas and Schisto, to the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.

    Baltas said that this visit is special because "the Greeks want to show that the hospitality between the peoples is not only material but also moral and historic".

    He particularly linked Syria and the destruction of Palmyra with the antiquity smuggling that followed in order to underline the significance of the monuments' integrity. "Neither the Parthenon is an integral monument from this point of view," he said stressing the importance of the international mobilisation for the repatriation of the Parthenon marbles.

    After their visit to the Acropolis, the young refugees and the Greek Culture Minister were toured to the Acropolis museum.

    The event was held with the cooperation of the UNHCR and the cultural organisation Flux Laboratory.

    [03] Police arrests 15 people in relation to suspected international drug dealing ring

    Greece's drug squad is currently conducting a huge operation in Athens to arrest members of one of the largest drug dealing rings operating in Greece and in other European countries, mostly in Scandinavia.

    The ring distributed drugs via Greece to other European countries. According to police, 15 members of the ring have already been arrested and 678 kilos of cannabis have been confiscated along with a speed boat and trucks used for the drug transport.

    The head of the criminal gang, a businessman of the transport sector, allegedly a drug baron of the Balkans, has been arrested. Police said that the confiscated drugs were destined for Oslo where the price is very high.

    The same police sources said that the members of the gang brought the drugs in Greece with speedboats from Albania to a Greek island and from there the drugs were channeled to a number of places in Greece where international transport trucks took them to European countries.


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