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MACEDONIA IN FOCUS OF KARAMANLIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN



Regional.

Greek media report Friday statements of political leaders, especially the two main election competitors - PM and New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis and leader of socialists PASOK George Papandreou. Both parties held late Thursday large pre-election rallies in Thessaloniki and Athens.

Newspapers stress Karamanlis' message to Skopje.

"The Prime Minister sent yesterday a clear message to Skopje, which has a meaning of obligation, that procedure of Macedonia's accession in Euro-Atlantic structures would be thwarted if it does not change its stance regarding the name issue", reads daily "Vradini".

According to newspaper "Apogevmatini", Karamanlis sent a double message towards Turkey and Skopje that Athens would support Ankara's European path if it fully observes undertaken obligations towards the EU. "The same goes for Macedonia, which puts obstacles by itself on the road to Euro-Atlantic structures if it does not show practical intention on agreement for a mutually acceptable name", reads the newspaper.

On the other hand, Papandreou sent harsh words towards the Athens government.
Daily "Vima" puts the emphasis on words of socialists' leader that Sunday's elections have a referendum significance.

According to "Elevteros", Papandreou is on the way towards a fourth election defeat.
"Ta Nea" reads that Papandreou is expected to announce Friday the possible government cabinet of his party PASOK. It was mentioned that former PM Simitis would be part of it, but "Elefteros Typos" informs that Papandreou asked for his exclusion from the future socialist government.

"Metro" concludes that Thursday's rallies, as well as Friday's of New Democracy in Athens practically ends the pre-election campaign in Greece.


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