|Thursday, 19 October 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-02-21
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 Better Days for Greece!Festive events commemorating the 96th anniversary from Giannena's independence from the Turkish yoke concluded at noon with a parade in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias. Mr Papoulias advised calm for the crisis affecting Greece, expressing his optimism for the resolution of the problems. "I am optimistic that despite the coming crisis, Greece and the Greeks are capable of facing the adverse circumstances. I am sure that Greece should be expecting for better days."
This is what Mr Papoulias stated amongst others in a statement after the big parade that concluded in Giannina.
Moreover, Mr Papoulias pointed out: "It is a very important day for Giannina, a day of historic remembrance and tribute to our people and army's virtues, the admirable cooperation and cooperation of the military and political leadership that refuted forecasts for the Balkan wars, which boosted Greek diplomacy during those days' meetings for the liberation of Macedonia and Thessaloniki and which today serve as useful teachings: unity, our people's passion, cooperation between the political and military leadership, calm and honesty to face any threat."
Afterwards, Mr Papoulias revealed the statue of King Pyrros at the homonymous central Giannina Square and then was hosted an official lunch in his honor by the commander of the eighth division at the Officers' Club. During the meal the Greek President wished the struggle of those who fought for Greece to serve as an example that will inspire us and the future generations. He also said that that was an opportunity to think that national independence and dignity demands from all of us constant alertness and struggle for its preservation."
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 Sect of Revolutionaries Claim Attack on Alter TV StationSociety
A small militant group has claimed responsibility for a gunfire attack this week on a private television station in Athens, a police official said Friday. He said the far-left Sect of Revolutionaries claimed it carried out Tuesday's attack outside the Alter TV offices, which caused no injuries. The police official, who was speaking on customary condition of anonymity, would not disclose the text of the claim or say where it was found. Earlier, Ta Nea newspaper reported it had received the document and would print it Saturday.
Greece's far-left militant groups have become increasingly aggressive following the police shooting of a 15-year-old boy in December - an incident that sparked the country's worst riots in decades.
Earlier the government asked for all parties to unite their efforts against terrorism, repeating that top members of PASOK opposition party have the tendency to discredit the country abroad in order to gain party benefits.
"What we need is the same social and political alliance that was created in order to fight 17N terrorist organization and did not allow petty politics to cancel our big mutual goal", minister of Foreign Affairs Dora Bakoyiannis stressed in "IMERISIA" newspaper. Deputy minister of agricultural development Kostantinos Kilitidis speaking to NET 105,8 Radio station expressed similar views.
"The issue of security is a national issue that requires a complete plan, that does not exist", PASOK PM Michalis Chrosochoidis said, adding "if it is not tackled directly, it will grow and spread to other European countries too".
US Ambassador in Athens Daniel Speckhard stressed the need for international cooperation for the tackling of terrorism underlying that the problem does not only exist only in Greece but in many other countries too.
No one can be indifferent to the outbreak of violence and terrorism intellectual people involved in art stress in their announcement.
Meantime, on Wednesday, police destroyed a car bomb abandoned outside Citibank offices in Athens, which contained enough explosives to crumble a four-story building. There has been no claim of responsibility.
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 Weather Forecast WarningGreece -
The National Meteorological Service warns for rain, storms, biting cold and snow in several parts of Greece in the next days. The weather will deteriorate as of 22/02 with snowfalls, storms in the sea and low temperatures. Heavy snowfalls are expected in parts of Macedonia, Thessaly, central and eastern mainland (over 400 metres altitude). The weather will abate as of Monday morning in northern Greece and in the rest of Greece until late at night. It will snow in the highlands of Attica and possibly in the northern suburbs.
The General Secretariat of Political Protection has briefed the competent authorities and services, which are on alert. In parallel, it warns civilians to be careful with the adverse weather conditions and look after themselves. If necessary, the GSPP will issue a fresh announcement.
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 Heavy Weather Around GreeceGreece -
Biding cold, slight snowfall in mountainous area around the country is the scenery prevailing today in Greece. Weather is expected to deteriorate. Anti -skid chains are necessary in Parnitha, Florina and Xanthi.
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 Molososki Attacks GreeceEurope
Minister of foreign affairs Antonio Milososki in his statements in Utrinski Vesnik daily newspaper accused Greece for lack of initiation of bilateral contacts between the two countries. Mr. Milososki estimated that the return of Antonis Samaras in the government can be shown as a sign that Greece will exercise pressure to FYROM. As per the renaming of Skopje airport, roads and public installments to FYROM, Mr. Milososki said that Greece has not the exclusive privilege of claiming ancient cultural history. In addition, FYROM FM repeated the claim that Greece with the NATO entrance veto it imposed to FYROM, violated the FYROM-Greece Intermediate Agreement signed in 1995.
On reference to New Democracy PM Antonis Samaras' return in the government Mr. Milososki said that it is a sign that Greece will exercise pressure to FYROM. More specifically, Mr Milososki said: "It seems that the return of people with extreme convictions like Mr. Samaras, in the reshuffled Greek government concerns us seriously. It seems that such movement pronounces the exercise of more aggressive pressures to Macedonia by the Greek side. These kind of political changes constitute an additional sign that the Macedonian issue will continue to be used by Greece to manipulate the inner public view and to distract attention from certain corruption scandals and social turbulence. Unfortunately, such behaviors will only make things more complicated", he concluded.
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 Rockets Launched against N. IsraelWorld -
Middle East - Iraq
The rocket launched against N. Israel, slightly injuring 3 people rise concerns that the Lebanon-Israel battle front may open again. More specifically, rockets were launched today in the morning in the Israeli-Lebanon front areas. Israelis answered back, launching 7 fire gun missiles against South Lebanon, injuring one citizen. Many civilians are abandoning the area.
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