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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-10-12

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  • [01] Merkel: Assessment for Greece will hinge on troika report
  • [02] Oil exploration in bay of Kavala
  • [03] Rhodes a top destination for weddings

  • [01] Merkel: Assessment for Greece will hinge on troika report

    BERLIN (AMNA - F. Karaviti) German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again deferred all decision on whether Greece will get an extension in its bailout programme until after the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) troika deliver their report on whether the country has met commitments under the bailout agreements.

    "This will be the basis for our assessment," Merkel said, in an echo of similar statements made during Tuesday's visit to Greece, when asked to comment on proposals made by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde that Greece be given an extra two years to complete its programme.amna

    The German chancellor admitted, however, that Germany's economy has also been affected by the recession in the European south.

    [02] Oil exploration in bay of Kavala

    AMNA--The bay of Kavala off Thasos island will remain the only area in Greece where oil drilling will be conducted, provided that oil reserves are found, given that under the most optimistic calculations no other drilling will be conducted in Greece before 2020, Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE) research and production director Yiannis Grigoriou told an informational event in Kavala organised by the Eastern Macedonia branch of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) on Friday.

    At the event, titled "Exploration and Exploitation of Hydrocarbons in Greece", Grigoriou urged politicians to shore up the gaps existing in the relevant legislation and to "go out in search of investors".amna

    He said that, if all goes well, in two years from now the first concessions will be made of regions for exploration. When areas of interest are found, this will be followed by the seismic exploration and provided strong indications arise, exploratory drillings will begin.

    Grigoriou said the cost of the venture would exceed 1.2 billion euros.amna

    [03] Rhodes a top destination for weddings

    AMNA--Lindos, on the island of Rhodes, is the most popular destination for couples wishing to hold a civil wedding. Couples from all over the world cone to Rhodes to marry in the courtyard of the small church of Aghios Pavlos (St. Paul) in the homonymous bay, as well as in other chapels in Lindos and the main beach, where a couple from Turkey recently joined in the bonds of matrimony, in the first civil wedding of Turkish nationals in Lindos.

    The 35-year-old groom Barkin and his 32-year-old bride Guluz, accompanied by many friends and family members from Izmir, came to Rhodes and on the beach at Lindos, to the backdrop of the Lindos Acropolis, exchanged their vows in a civil ceremony in accordance with the dictates of Greek and Turkish legislation.

    "I came to Rhodes last year and was enthralled with the beauty of the island and the hospitality of the people, and decided to get married here," the groom told AMNA.

    More than 400 civil weddings have taken place in Lindos so far this year, most of them in the Aghios Pavlos church's courtyard.amna

    Most of the couples are from Britain, but in recent years many couples have also come from Russia, the municipal official responsible for civil weddings Dimitra Antoniou told AMNA, adding that a number of wedding planners' offices have opened on Rhodes recently.

    Civil weddings in the Aghios Pavlos church courtyard began a decade ago, and more than 5,000 such weddings have taken place there to date.amna

    Antoniou said that applications have already been made from abroad for weddings for next summer, and the demand for Lindos is very great, despite the fact that other islands of the Dodecanese, such as Symi, also attract the interest of many couples-to-be from various countries.

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