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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Veto must be used with prudence and without fear, says FM Kotzias
  • [02] IMF is responsible for the delay of the review, says parliament president Voutsis
  • [03] 5,245 migrants and refugees ready to leave from the Aegean islands

  • [01] Veto must be used with prudence and without fear, says FM Kotzias

    ANA/MPA---Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias did not rule out the possibility Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to veto at the EU Summit on the refugees issue. "The veto is a negotiation tool, a tool to promote right positions. It must be used with prudence and without fear" he noted in an interview to the Sunday newspaper Realnews.

    On whether the refugees issue can have an effect on Greece's relations with its neighbouring countries, Kotzias underlined that "there are some that show that they do not consider a problem the disruption of the countries relations in our region. The neighbours that might blindly trust these "third persons" will do a huge mistake and there will also be consequences".

    Kotzias answers to those that accuse his of "hard foreign policy" that "the defence of the country's needs and interests...is a very important issue and can not be dealt with endless retreats and concessions."

    [02] IMF is responsible for the delay of the review, says parliament president Voutsis

    ANA/MPA---Parliament President Nikos Voutsis put the blame for the delay of the review on the IMF in an interview to the Sunday edition of Ethnos newspaper. "The delay is the direct undermining of Greece and the current government's effort in order the appropriate conditions to be formed that will lead us to growth. The Fund's responsibility is huge for this delay..." he noted.

    On the refugees issue he said that the access to the Europe for those entitled must be ensured based on the agreements as well as Turkey's participation in the implementation of the decisions.

    Voutsis ruled out scenarios of an ecumenical government and called untimely and irrelevant whatever discussion for early elections noting that this issue is set by particular parts that "feel that their short-term economic interests are affected by the current government's policy".

    [03] 5,245 migrants and refugees ready to leave from the Aegean islands

    ANA/MPA---5,245 refugees and migrants are identified and ready to depart from the islands of the northeastern Aegean for the port of Piraeus.

    The number of persons stranded on Lesvos reached 3,550 while 542 migrants and refugees were identified at Moria hotspot in the last 24 hours.

    On the island of Chios were identified 389 refugees while 1,422 persons are ready to leave for Piraeus.

    Finally, 273 migrants and refugees were identified on the island of Samos.

    On Saturday, 50 migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh were sent to camps in Xanthi and afterwards will be deported to Turkey.


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