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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-01-24

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  • [01] PASOK leader meets security forces union
  • [02] Origins of lots in Christie's auction must be clarified
  • [03] Athens mayor on abolition of death penalty
  • [04] Greek humanitarian aid arrives in Lebanon

  • [01] PASOK leader meets security forces union

    The government policy divides society and is responsible for the tension created between society and police, stated PASOK president George Papandreou after meeting with security forces unions' representatives to discuss issues concerning the citizens and security as well as issues the security forces members have to deal with while on duty.

    The main priorities are the protection and safety of the people and the respect of democratic rights, stated Papandreou.

    The PASOK leader also stressed that his party guarantees meritocracy in security forces and the dignity of those serving in them.

    He accused the government of following a policy that turned society into a jungle where the right of the strongest prevails, adding that his party guarantees a fair society and a State that protects principles, regulations and the dignity of all citizens.

    [02] Origins of lots in Christie's auction must be clarified

    Greece's alternate government spokesman on Wednesday said that it remained to be clarified whether the lots up for sale at a Christie's auction in London were part of Greece's cultural heritage.

    The London auction house is set to proceed with the sale of items belonging to the early 20th-century Greek monarch George I during an auction scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, in spite of a formal Greek request to call off the auction, while refusing to disclose where they came from.

    Pointing to statements made on the issue by Culture Minister George Voulgarakis on Wednesday while appearing on the Greek state television channel NET, Antonaros stressed that the Greek government wanted to send out a clearcut message that it wanted to "keep track of everything".

    "Whatever has left the country without observance of the proper procedures will be monitored and will be the object of contention," he added.

    Speaking on Tuesday, Voulgarakis had said that the objects on sale at Christie's were "indisputably part of Greece's modern history".

    [03] Athens mayor on abolition of death penalty

    Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis has made a proposal to the mayors of European cities, who appeal for the abolition of the death penalty, to gather in Rome or, if possible, in Athens to discuss this sensitive and serious issue at length.

    The proposal was made to Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, who had the initiative for the gathering of signatures and, apart from the Athens Mayor, the document has been signed by the mayors of Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Vienna, Florence and Ljubljana.

    After the gathering of signatures from more mayors of European cities, the document will be submitted to the European Council and the European Parliament and will be published in the press.

    The appeal against the death penalty says, among other things, that "we mayors of European cities, faced with continuing executions in many cities in the world on a daily basis, make an urgent appeal for an end to this flagrant violation of human dignity. The death penalty does not reduce crimes. We believe that justice has no need for it."

    [04] Greek humanitarian aid arrives in Lebanon

    Humanitarian aid for the people of Lebanon, which was sent by the non-governmental organisation of the Church of Greece, "Solidarity", arrived in Beirut on Wednesday.

    The aid consists of 156 tonnes of food-stuff, medicines and items of primary need.

    It was the fourth humanitarian aid mission to Lebanon by "Solidarity".

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