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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-03-14

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  • [01] Bakoyannis briefs PASOK's Papoutsis
  • [02] Greek, Bulgarian FMs discuss flooding at Evros

  • [01] Bakoyannis briefs PASOK's Papoutsis

    Foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis on Tuesday received PASOK Political Council member Christos Papoutsis, in charge of the main opposition's foreign policy, security and defence sector, for a briefing on foreign policy issues affecting Greece.

    The meeting covered the situation in the western Balkans, the broader southeast European area and its EU prospects, as well as Turkey's EU prospects and the Cyprus issue. Bakoyannis also briefed Papoutsis on her recent meeting with Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul.

    After the meeting Papoutsis stressed that striving for consensus on major strategic areas and promoting foreign policy issues was a "political choice" made by PASOK and its leader George Papandreou.

    At the same time, he underlined that consensus required full and substantial briefing of Parliament and the political parties, as well as "good and sincere cooperation".

    PASOK's sector chief noted, also, that consensus was not a carte blanche and that the main opposition would continue to exercise criticism where it felt the government was not following the best strategy for national interests.

    "By consensus we do not mean compliance over the country's demands, inertia and abandoning the gains made by the Greek foreign policy during the period of PASOK governments," he added.

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    [02] Greek, Bulgarian FMs discuss flooding at Evros

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Tuesday spoke by phone with her Bulgarian counterpart Ivaylo Kalfin regarding the situation in the flood-stricken region of Evros prefecture, which borders with southeastern Bulgaria.

    Both countries also share the currently overflowing Evros (Maritsa) River.

    Meanwhile, the state of emergency declared in the northern Greek prefecture of Evros continued for a second day, with water levels on the Evros, Ardas and Erythropotamos rivers still above danger levels.

    The water level increased sharply, threatening to break through floodbanks, after large quantities of water were released by Bulgarian dams and the heavy rains falling in the area over the past days.

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