|Friday, 23 February 2018|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-19
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Al. Alabanos Tough CriticismThe two-day congress of SYRIZA Panhellenic Body concluded with a speech delivered by the president of SYRIZA Parliamentary Group Alekos Alabanos. He referred to the results of elections for the European Parliament, the domestic political situation, and the operation of SYRIZA, without, however, speaking of its development into a party. Mr. Alabanos also exercised strong criticism against PASOK but did not rule out cooperation.
Referring to results of elections for the European Parliament raised the question why SYN was not the third party, maintaining that the mission was difficult but not impossible. He attributed responsibilities to himself and the Body's instructive organ.
Speaking about those supporting renewal, he stressed that different views are not as strong, underlining that unity was possible as long as our prospect could be promoted.
He also said that differences between those supporting renewal are not as strong as differences among groups
He blamed senior members of the left for cooperating with senior members of ND and PASOK in POSDEP and ruled out coalition at general level with the main oposition party because the two parties are in different banks. He added though that the left does not fish but has to swim in deep seas.
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 Indonesia Suicide Bombers Members of JINews
Indonesian police said on Sunday that the two suicide bombers, who struck two luxury hotels in the center of Jakarta, are members of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group linked to Al Qaeda. Friday's bombs are identical to ones used by Jemaah Islamiah in previous attacks, Indonesian police spokesman said. He also confirmed that one of the two bombers was identified while identification procedures for the second one are in progress.
Both suicide bombers were men while no organization has assumed responsibility so far. Authorities, however, have linked suicide attacks on two luxury Jakarta hotels toIslamist militants, possibly a breakaway faction of the Jemaah Islamiah group linked to Malaysian extremist Noordin Top.
Noordin Mohamed Top is wanted for plotting the Bali bombings of 2002 (killing 202 people) and Marriot in 2003 (12 people killed) and other Indonesian attacks. Born in Malaysia, the former accountant escaped police raid in 2006 and continues to evade capture.
Sources: ÁNA-ĚPA-French News Agency
Related Article: Jakarta: Suicide Bombers Checked in as Hotel Guests
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 Turkey Escalating TensionAthens strongly reacted to Turkey's announcement to start oil exploration in two regions in Greek continental shelf, near the island of Kastelorizo. Greek ambassador to Ankara appealed to the Turkish Foreign Ministry for explanations. Mrs. Bakoyiannis admitted the apparent Turkish provocative stand in the Aegean but underlined that Greece with confidence, composedness and always on the grounds of international law would successfully deal with the situation. PASOK deputy Andreas Loberdos expressed concern over developments.
Ankara Continues Provocations in the Aegean
Turkey is escalating tension in the Aegean with its announcement to start oil exploration in two regions in the Greek continental shelf near the island of Kastelorizo.
Turkish aircrafts violated air-space over the islands of Lesbos and Agathonisi on Friday but in all cases they were intercepted by Greek air-crafts.
Foreign Ministry sources believe it is a counter action to Cyprus decision to assign oil survey to an American company.
The Foreign Ministry stresses that this move goes against Sea Law and can not affect Greece's sovereign rights established by International Law.
In reference to her trip to Turkey, Mrs. Bakoyiannis said she had accepted the invitation but the date of her visit would be set through diplomatic channels as her schedule is heavy this period.
Bakoyiannis' Double Message from Crete
From the island of Crete, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis called on Skopje to review its policy to the benefit of its people and to enter into negotiations. The name dispute would take time to clear in the Hague Court but Greece has strong arguments to prove that the problem lies on Skopje intransigent stand.
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