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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-04-29

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  • [01] PM to hold meeting on sport, culture and environment in Attica
  • [02] President inaugurates Nebojsa Tower
  • [03] Three detained for Marfin fire
  • [04] Droutsas in Cyprus 

  • [01] PM to hold meeting on sport, culture and environment in Attica

    Prime Minister George Papandreou is to have a meeting on initiatives relating to the environment, culture and sport in Attica later on Friday. The meeting will be attended by Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili, Deputy Health Minister Christos Aidonis, high-ranking ministry officials and Attica Regional Authority chief Yiannis Sgouros.

    According to an announcement released by the prime minister's press office, the meeting will be closed to the media and there will be no photographers or TV.

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    [02] President inaugurates Nebojsa Tower

    BELGRADE (ANA-MPA - N. Pelpas) President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and Serb President Boris Tadic on Friday jointly inaugurated Belgrade's landmark Nebojsa Tower. Recently renovated with money partially provided by Greece, the tower was the prison in which Greek independence struggle hero Rigas Velestinlis (also known as Ferraios) was put to death by Ottoman Turkish authorities in 1798.

    Papoulias arrived at Nebojsa Tower accompanied by his wife May, where he was received by Tadic and his own wife Tatjana.

    Following the official inauguration, the two presidential couples were shown around all four levels of the new museum that is dedicated to the struggles of the Greeks and Serbs to shake the Ottoman yoke. The second level of the tower contains exhibits on the life and work of Rigas Feraios.

    In speeches at the inauguration, Papoulias stressed Feraios' role as a 'forerunner of the idea of European unification' and said its roots lay in ideas of freedom based on education, equality before the law and state, justice and peace, friendship and cooperation between countries of the Balkans and Mediterranean.

    Tadic highlighted the Greek state's financial contribution toward the project, noting that the money given by Greece to restore the tower was the largest sum ever received by Serbia from abroad for a cultural project.

    The two presidents then had a private meeting at the Serb presidential palace, during which Papoulias assured Tadic that Greece will not abandon efforts for Serbia's accession to the European Union, after which there was a dinner in honour of the Greek delegation that included Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis. Wrapping up his visit to Belgrade, the president was also received by Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

    The renovation of Nebojsa Tower was funded by Greece and the municipality of Belgrade and carried out over two years, at a cost 1.8 million euros. The Greek state, via the Greek foreign ministry international developmental aid service 'Hellenic Aid' has paid 1.38 million euro toward the project.

    Nejbosa Tower is a medieval structure built by Hungarians on the ruins of an older Roman tower dating from the 1st century A.D. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times in its history. Rigas Feraios was imprisoned there for roughly seven months before he was put to death by Turks, becoming one of the first martyrs of Greece's struggle for independence.

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    [03] Three detained for Marfin fire

    ANA-MPA Greek authorities on Friday announced that three people have been brought in for questioning concerning the fire set at a branch of Marfin Bank in Stadiou Street on May 5 last year. The fire was set during a massive protest against austerity cuts taking place in the city centre and caused the deaths of three bank employees, including a woman that was pregnant at the time.

    No arrest warrants have been issued so far, with a decision on whether their detainment should be converted to arrest expected when an examining magistrate has taken their testimony. Meanwhile, police will conduct a search of their homes to seek additional evidence.

    Earlier on Friday, police had sent a hefty file of evidence gathered over a year-long investigation into the fire, which seems to point to anti-establishment activists. This includes video footage from surveillance cameras along Stadiou Avenue where the bank was set on fire and also from an attack on the nearby bookshop Ianos. ANA-MPA

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    [04] Droutsas in Cyprus

    NICOSIA (ANA-MPA - A. Viketos) Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas will be among those attending an informal meeting of foreign ministers from Mediterranean countries that will take place in Limassol, Cyprus on Friday.

    The meeting was an initiative of Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou to discuss the crisis in the Middle East, including the situation in Syria. Apart from Droutsas, participants include the foreign ministers of Malta and Israel and the deputy foreign minister of Bulgaria.

    There is no formal agenda for the meeting and participants will exchange views and brief each other on various aspects of the developments in the region, without keeping minutes.

    In addition to attending the meeting, Droutsas will also be received by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias at 7:00 p.m.

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