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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-11

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

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  • [01] 54,340 identified migrants and refugees in Greece on Wednesday
  • [02] Vaccination campaign for migrants and refugees starts from Idomeni
  • [03] Greece is expected to be 'the champion' in Russian tourist arrivals this summer, estimates Alt.FM Xydakis
  • [04] We remain commited to the two-state solution, Israeli Ambassador Ben Abba tells ANA-MPA

  • [01] 54,340 identified migrants and refugees in Greece on Wednesday

    54,340 identified refugees and migrants were on the Greek territory on Wednesday including 63 persons that arrived on the Greek islands in the last 24 hours.

    According to the Refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body's figures, 29,246 of the refugees are in northern Greece, 9,440 of them are in Idomeni camp, 14,325 are hosted in the region of Attica (2,030 hosted at Piraeus port), 8,400 on the Greek islands and 2,369 are hosted in different areas in central and southern Greece.

    [02] Vaccination campaign for migrants and refugees starts from Idomeni

    The refugees and migrants vaccination campaign started on Wednesday from the refugees camp in Idomeni under the supervision of the Health Ministry.

    The vaccination is held under the international standards and refers to children up to 15 years old.

    The Health Ministry's aim is the vaccination to cover all the hosting facilities for migrants and refugees.

    Refugees will be covered against the diseases of diphtheria and tetanus, measles, hepatitis and polio, influenza and pneumococcus and the parents have already been informed by the team of Medecines Sans Frontieres on the procedure.

    [03] Greece is expected to be 'the champion' in Russian tourist arrivals this summer, estimates Alt.FM Xydakis

    Greece will possibly be the "champion" that will take advantage of the Russian tourists' refusal to visit Turkey and Egypt this summer. The arrivals of Russian tourists are expected to increase by 20-70 percent this year, Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis said in an interview with ANA-MPA's radio "Praktorio 104.9 FM" on Wednesday.

    Xydakis said that despite the high demand for tourist visas in Russia, the Greek Consulate services are responding adequately and reassured that at the end of next month the number of Greek employees working for the Greek Consulate's visa services will increase to 100 persons.

    [04] We remain commited to the two-state solution, Israeli Ambassador Ben Abba tells ANA-MPA

    Greece and Israel are aiming at a strategic relationship and a multifaceted cooperation, with mutual benefits, as indicated by the recent visit of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos along with the tripartite summit in Nicosia, the Ambassador of Israel in Athens Irit Ben Abba said in an interview with ANA-MPA on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Israel and the national celebration on May 12.

    Special emphasis is given on innovation and youth entrepreneurship which are promoted by a series of exchange visits, events and funding from both countries. Cooperation in tourism is also important as Greece is the first destination of Israelis for a short holiday. It is estimated that 400,000 Israelis will visit Greece this year and flights of the Israeli airline will reach 2,000.

    A major problem for the turmoil in the Middle East, Ben Abba said, is the collapse of the state structures and the old leaderships as well as the rise of terrorism, adding that "we remain committed to the two-state solution." On the issue of Israeli settlements, she stressed that everything must be discussed at the negotiating table between the two sides and opposed to the internationalization of the issue pursued by the Palestinian side.

    She also expressed her concern over the rise of the extreme-right in Europe, noting that that "it awakens the ghosts of Nazism."

    The full interview in Greek is available at ANA-MPA website.


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