04 December, 2004
NEW YORK 4/12/04(ANA/P. Panagiotou)
It depends on the government if a consensual solution is reached for the election of the President of the Republic, main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) deputy and former minister Vasso Papandreou said in the course of a press conference at the Greek Press Office of New York on Friday.
Vasso Papandreou stressed that "the government has the initiative to choose an acceptable person." She expressed the hope that "it is possible for there to be a consensual solution," underlining that the majority of citizens, as shown by opinion polls, do not want the holding of general elections.
Papandreou and PASOK deputy Sylvana Rapti are in New York, coming from Washington where they represented PASOK in meetings of the European Socialist Party with members of the Democratic Party of the United States. Papandreou is Vice-President of the European Socialist Party.
Replying to other questions, Papandreou claimed that the New Democracy government "abandoned" the framework of the Helsinki agreement and that this tactic had as a consequence the "audacity of Turkey". She expressed reservations on the extent Greek expectations will be satisfied at the European Union summit.
Source: Athens News Agency