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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 December 2018
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER 2018 NEWS FYROM PM’s statement about teaching ‘Macedonian language’ in Greece causes controversy Zoran Zaev’s remarks have alarmed officials in Greece The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) surpassed yet another hurdle on its way to ratify the Prespes Agreement on Sunday. The country voted in Parliament for a second reading of the four amendments in its constitution, which would make the way for the final vote with 67 MPs throwing their support behind it. However before the vote took place, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev may have unwittingly raised tensions between FYROM and Greece in his attempt to gain the support of more MPs, and more specifically those of the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party. He provocatively stated that after the ratification of the Agreement, it would offer "Macedonians" living in Greece the chance to learn their "Macedonian language" of FYROM," Mr Pavlopoulos said. In his attempt to gain the support of the Parliament, FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has stirred the pot in Greece regarding the Prespes Agreement. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP PHOTO/BORIS GRDANOSKI across Greek public schools. Following the statement, Greek officials reacted promptly with President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos issuing a warning. "We will under no circum- stances accept arbitrary interpretations, and especially irredentist ones, of the Prespes Agreement on the part Rhodes shocked by violent crime Two men were arrested for the rape and brutal killing of a young student, after she allegedly resisted their sexual advances Two men were arrested on Tuesday in Rhodes for the brutal killing of a university student, in a case that has shaken the local community, but also generated fiery debate across all media in Greece. The men, a 21-year-old Greek and a 19-year-old Albanian are charged with the rape and murder of 21-yearold Eleni Topaloudi, whose body was found by the coast guard on 28 November, floating off the coast of Lindos. The young woman had been severely beaten and dumped into the sea. The authorites were led to the two suspects, after examining footage from CCTV cameras in the area. According to Greek media, the 19-year-old initially admitted his involvement on Tuesday, though he is expected to retract his confession, after consulting with his lawyers. The 21-year-old - whose family beach house the in- cident allegedly took place at - continues to deny charges. Police believe the two men killed the student after she resisted their sexual advances. The defendants are alleged to have hit the woman on the head with a blunt instrument (possibly a clothes iron) as well as with their fists - her body bore scratches, bruises and marks of strangulation. According to the 19-yearold's initial testimony, the woman was begging them to take her to a hospital; instead, they put her on the back of a ute and drove to the shore. The coroner is reported to Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Streamline Press Pty Ltd, 155 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065. NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Contacts Reception Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Email: email@example.com Advertising Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.neoskosmos.com Letters Email: email@example.com NEOS KOSMOS - English Publisher: Journalists: No. 6125 Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Subscriptions Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Letters should not be more than 200 words and they must indicate your full name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification. By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Christopher Gogos Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Acting editors: Nikos Fotakis, Anastasia Tsirtsakis Nelly Skoufatoglou, Eugenia Pavlopoulou, Zoe Thomaidou Contributors: Alexandros Anifantis, Uzay Bulut, Jim Claven, Savvas Grigoropoulos, Dean Kalimniou, George Kapnias, Theodora Maios, Con Stamocostas, George Stogiannou, Con Vaitsas Graphic design: Vangelis Karakasis, Anthony Rallis Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 have confirmed that the woman was still alive when she was dumped into the sea, and that she would have probably survived, if she had been taken to hospital. Eleni Topaloudi was an undergraduate at the University of the Aegean on Rhodes. Her body was flown to her hometown, Didimoticho, in Thrace, where her funeral took place on Thursday. The victim's father gave a statement, thanking the authorities for bringing the two alleged perpetrators to justice, before his daughter's burial. Following the defendants' Eleni Topaloudi. PHOTO: FACEBOOK contradictory statements, the lawyer representing the victim's family requested for a re-enactment of the crime. The case has been the focus of a fiery debate on sexism and violence towards women in Greece, with media covering the story minuteby-minute and heated arguments being exchanged on social media, some targeting the nationality of the 19-yearold alleged perpetrator, while others going on to vilify the victim. Meanwhile leader of Greek opposition party New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is against the ratification of the Agreement, said Zaev's comments were "unacceptable" and that if the Agreement was to recognise "the so-called Macedonian language and ethnicity" that it would open "Pandora's box and revives all the scandalous claims of Skopje". In an attempt to ease tensions, FYROM has since come out claiming the PM's remarks were misinterpreted. "All our actions and statements are made in good faith to support the Agreement," FYROM government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said. In a statement, FYROM went on to claim that it has no intention of getting in- volved in the foreign affairs of another nation. "We are strongly committed to the full implementation of the Prespes Agreement, and all of our action and statements are made in good faith to support it," the statement reads. "As a country that aspires to join the EU, we understand that countries take care of their own citizens and countries in the Balkans do not interfere in neighbouring countries on any given issue." Following this hurdle, should the vote come to pass and FYROM be renamed North Macedonia, Greece will finally lift its veto on FYROM becoming a member of the EU and NATO. The final vote regarding the name change is scheduled to take place near the end of December. WWF report shows Greece lags behind in environmental law implementation The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) rings alarm bells over Greece's poor performance regarding environmental protection in a review of the organisation's local branch. According to its recently released 14th annual report, which was published with support from the national NGO Nomos + Physis, the country has a disappointing record in EU environmental law implementation exhibiting noncompliance with 11 EU court rulings. Greece also accounts for 27 open cases of environmental law violation, a number only surpassed by Spain among its EU counterparts with 30 infringement cases. "The Greek state must safeguard the respect for environmental legislation and unimpeded access to this information as is appropriate to a country governed by the rule of law," said WWF Hellas's legal coordinator Giorgos Hasiotis. Among the shortcomings cited in the assessment were the recent east Attica wildfires, fines of up to 100 million euros imposed by the EU for non-compliance issues - mainly relating to illegal and dangerous waste disposal - as well as the lack of clarity in licensing frameworks governing seismic exploration and oil and DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS gas extraction. During a press conference, WWF Greece chief executive Dimitris Karavelas highlighted hydrocarbon extraction as a primary threat to environmental protection urging the government to act on concerns expressed by citizens and organisations alike, while head of policy Theodota Natsou criticized the way of tackling environmental violations merely with financial sanctions as failing to support prevention and cultivate environmental awareness. The report made mention of the country's positive developments as well, such as the expansion of the Natura 2000 Network which provides for the designation of special protection areas and conservation sites.
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