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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-07-06

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  • [01] Prime minister gives awards to high school students
  • [02] Orfanos notifies FIFA of soccer amendment ratification
  • [03] Deputy FM Valynakis comments on FYROM elections

  • [01] Prime minister gives awards to high school students

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said on Thursday evening that education was a "national issue demanding policies without partisan expediencies" while addressing an event organised by the education ministry to honour gymnasium students that excelled in their studies.

    "Education demands stability, consistency, continuity, social consensus. Our aim is to strengthen quality in all stages of education, for young people to have equal opportunities of access in an education system comparable to European and international ones," the prime minister underlined.

    "Education is the foundation for all future plannings... and the bridge leading to tomorrow, aiming at the formation of free, responsible and democratic citizens," Karamanlis added.

    The premier congratulated the honoured students who were awarded a computer.

    "Until today, 5,000 computers were distributed and until the end of October the awarding will be completed of students that excelled in their studies and the number of which exceeds 8,000," he concluded.

    [02] Orfanos notifies FIFA of soccer amendment ratification

    Deputy Culture Minister for Sport George Orfanos on Thursday sent to international soccer federation FIFA President Sepp Blatter the amendment ratified by the Parliamentary Cultural Affairs Committee that they had agreed upon during their meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 29.

    Orfanos also called on Blatter to make necessary arrangements to release the Greek Soccer Federation (EPO) and Greek clubs from the decision taken by FIFA's Urgent Affairs Committee last Monday and by which Greek soccer was expelled from international competitions.

    According to the amendment, "For the sport of soccer in particular, all issues concerning the functioning and organising of the sport and of the Greek Soccer Federation are regulated autonomously by its organs."

    [03] Deputy FM Valynakis comments on FYROM elections

    Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valynakis said on Thursday that there was an apparent change of government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), calling at the same time the new administration to work towards resolving the dispute with Greece over the landlocked state's name.

    "All indications show a change in government. We are awaiting of course for the official announcement of the election results, while the forming of a new government will take some time," Valynakis told reporters on the sidelines of the Third Meeting of South East Europe European Affairs Ministers, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

    "In any case," Valynakis added, "we are ready, on our part, for cooperation and we are expecting from the new government to work in the direction of a further improvement of our relations in all sectors and to adopt the proper stance for the solution, in a mutually acceptable manner, of the (country's) name issue."

    "We support the European prospects of the Western Balkans and of FYROM. But what is needed is Skopje's response to its international obligations and the criteria set by the European Union, and the finding of a mutually acceptable solution which will reinforce good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation," Valynakis noted.

    Greece has contributed to FYROM's stability, economic progress and efforts for development, and can be a "precious partner" in its European course, Valynakis concluded.

    Greece opposes to the landlocked country's use of the name 'Macedonia' arguing that it concealed expansionist designs against its northern province of Macedonia.

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