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Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English, 05-09-20
From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>September 20, 2005
 PM vows reforms, says confident of success
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday presented to a cabinet meeting the government's policy priorities, emphasizing on reforms and changes.
The Greek PM stressed that "a round of changes and reforms is continuing in all sectors. We proceed based on a specific road plan". Karamanlis noted his government sought to promote changes based on dialogue, understanding and cooperation. "We cannot afford to lose any more time," he added. The Greek Prime Minister, speaking to cabinet ministers said his government would not compromise with the forces of inertia nor with pressures from vested interests. "Our responsibility is to promote changes and reforms included in our program. We know where we stand, we know the hardships, what we have to do and that's exactly what we do".
Karamanlis underlined that reforms and changes were a one-way road to build a dynamic and competitive economy. "This government wants to be useful in the long-term. We are open to any proposals by the opposition, if they are any. We have the society on our side because they acknowledge that we have a program, goals and the determination. We have the society on our side and that's why we will succeed".
Commenting on the issue of Olympic Airlines, Karamanlis said the problem must be resolved in the framework of the country's commitments and according to public interest, EU rules and the principles of new governance promoted by the government.
"Our main goals are to ensure workers' rights, subsidized air flights to Greek islands, ensuring healthy competition and a viable solution for the company," Karamanlis said.
Government sources said all scenarios were open for Olympic Airlines, including the participation of the State to any possible new company form. Karamanlis reiterated his policy priorities were re-investing the state and promoting growth based on the people. "Our choice is a strategy of changes and reforms," the PM noted.
The Greek Prime Minister stressed the problems inherited by past governments, high public debt, fiscal deficit, unemployment, bureaucracy, corruption, and inefficient public sector, were many and complex, but underlined that efforts made by the government were additionally burdened by a sharp increase in international oil prices.
All these create a great challenge for all of us and "demand determination, efficiency and social responsibility," he said, adding "that's why we chose policies that will tackle the problems at its roots, will not undermine the future of new generation but ensure an improve prospect for all, mainly for new generation and those in greater need".
Karamanlis urged his ministers to contain consumer spending in the public sector adding "a lot has been made, and much more can be done. All ministries will continue interventions to combat bureaucracy, promote transparency, and contain spending and improver services to citizens".
The Greek Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to gradually cut income tax factors, to complete a regional restructuring of the country ahead of a Fourth Community Support Framework, restructure all public sector enterprises by introducing corporate governance principles and international accounting standards. He said that all new hirings in public sector enterprises would be based on a model by Hellenic Telecommunications Organization. "We will not harm labor relations," Karamanlis said.
The PM said the government has exceeded its goals for 2005 with revenues from privatizations totalling 2.1 billion euros, from 1.6 bln euros projected in the state budget. "We have prepared the ground for new privatizations (Athens International Airport, Post Savings Bank ports and selling more stakes in Emporiki Bank and Agricultural Bank).
 FM and UN representative discuss FYROM name issue
NEW YORK, 20/9/2005 (ANA - P. Panagiotou)The United Nations secretary general's representative on the issue of the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz, planning to continue talks with representatives of both countries to find a solution to the issue, held talks with Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis at the offices of the permanent Greek delegation here on Monday.
Commenting on the meeting, foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said "one more meeting was carried out with the secretary general's representative on the issue of the name of FYROM, Mr. Matthew Nimetz. Mr. Molyviatis reiterated with clarity our known positions. That is to say, that we consider his latest proposals to be a basis for negotiating."
He added that "Mr. Nimetz expressed his appreciation for this position of ours and stated that he will continue the dialogue with the representatives of the two sides."
 FM to have dinner with his U.S. counterpart Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday
NEW YORK, 20/9/2005 (ANA - P. Panagiotou)Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis, continuing his meetings with foreign dignitaries on the sidelines of the 60th UN General Assembly, will be having dinner with his U.S. counterpart Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday.
Molyviatis is also due to address the UN General Assembly at about midnight on Monday (Greek time), while earlier in the day he participated in a working breakfast for European Union foreign ministers and the Russian foreign minister.
The foreign minister also held talks with the UN secretary general's representative on the issue of the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
Molyviatis is accompanied during his talks with his foreign counterparts by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis.
 Governments of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus want resumed UN effort
NEW YORK, 20/9/2005 (ANA/P. Panagiotou)The governments of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, as well as the United States, want the UN secretary general to resume Cyprus reunification efforts, with a new process, according to diplomatic sources at the UN.
According to the sources, following the various meetings that took place in the past few days on the sidelines of the UN's 60th General Assembly/world summit, all the sides involved are calling for action on the issue of Cyprus, but at the same time appear to disagree as to who and under what conditions a new initiative could be launched.
Cyprus president Tassos Papadopoulos, during a press conference on Sunday in New York following his address to the General Assembly, said he was awaiting some move on the party of UN chief Kofi Annan in the near future, in the framework of the secretary general's efforts for a Cyprus solution.
Papadopoulos said that "any initiative must be prepared correctly, aimed at its successful outcome", adding that "any time margins that may prospectively arise during a new initiative should be determined by the negotiations themselves and the progress possibly achieved, and not on outside factors", and reiterating that any new effort must be well prepared.
Greece's foreign minister Petros Molyviatis, following his sidelines meeting Sunday with Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, said that, with respect to the Cyprus issue, they had discussed "the prospects on the horizon for the possible reactivation of the secretary general's efforts for finding a solution".
Molyviatis said that Gul, in turn, had expressed "our joint support to the UN Secretary General for seeking a solution to the Cyprus problem", adding that "we agreed to continue".
US deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Matthew Bryza, who visited Athens two weeks ago, in statements to reporters after Molyviatis' meeting with US undersecretary of state for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns on Sunday expressed the US's full support for the secretary general's efforts, noting the "necessity" for continuation of the UN's role on the issue of Cyprus.
 EU agrees on the response it will give to Turkey
BRUSSELS, 20/9/2005 (ANA/P. Dimitrakopoulos)The European Union's Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) agreed on Monday on the response its will send to Turkey regarding the latter's refusal to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state, a British diplomat announced.
Turkey's refusal remains the main obstacle for the beginning of Ankara's EU accession talks which are expected to start in October.
"The agreement has been made, the text of the declaration has been agreed," the British diplomat, whose country holds the EU presidency, said.
Cyprus demands that Turkey recognize the Republic of Cyprus before it joins the EU and that it be clearly stated that normalization of Cypriot-Turkish relations is independent of a UN-sponsored solution to the Cyprus problem.
On July 29, Turkey signed the Association Agreement Protocol -- by virtue of which Turkey extended its customs union agreement with the EU to the 10 new member states, including Cyprus. It submitted a separate declaration stating that it refused to recognize the Cyprus Republic and that its ports and airports would remain closed to Cypriot ships and planes.
 Nat'l council on foreign policy to meet September 29
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis will be presiding over a meeting of the National Council on Foreign Policy on September 29, the Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.
The council will discuss the latest developments regarding Turkey's European Union accession talks, as well as the situation in the Balkans, including finding a mutually-acceptable solution to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name controversy.
The council will also be briefed on the conclusions drawn at the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations.
 Parliament president receives group of visiting Calif. state senators
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Parliament President Anna Psarouda-Benaki on Monday received in Parliament a delegation of visiting California state senators, led by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-District 23).
In brief statements afterwards, Psarouda-Benaki noted that the ties that bind Greece with the one of the largest US states, California, are "very close, as numerous Greek immigrants live, work and create there."
 PASOK party leader sends message of congratulations to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou has sent a message of congratulations to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in the wake of general elections held in Germany on Sunday.
PASOK party spokesman Nikos Athanassakis, who announced the sending of the message of congratulations, said Schroeder's success was great against what he termed a harsh neo-liberal proposal.
Making comparisons with the Greek political situation, Athanassakis said that in Germany Merkel said before the elections what she intended to implement after the elections, while in Greece (Prime Minister Costas) Karamanlis said other things before the elections and is doing other things after the elections.
 Synaspismos press release cites meeting between Karamanlis, Alavanos on Wednesday
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)According to a Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) press release on Monday, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will receive Synaspismos leader Alekos Alavanos at his office on Wednesday morning, with the issue of Olympic Airways' future expected to dominate the meeting.
 Alavanos meets in Athens with T/C political leader Akinci
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) leader Alekos Alavanos on Monday received Turkish Cypriot political leader Mustafa Akinci for a half-hour meeting in Athens.
Afterwards, Alavanos said he and his interlocutor agreed over the need for promotion of a fair, bi-zonal and bi-communal solution for Cyprus.
 Inner Cabinet meeting on Tuesday focus on military academies
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)An inner Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Tuesday on the subject of military academies and education, with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis chairing the meeting.
The premier will earlier receive Public Works, Town Planning and Environment Minister George Souflias.
 Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos visits Prespes
FLORINA, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Visiting Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos on Monday held a memorial service for the victims of the Macedonian Struggle at Pisoderi, in the northern prefecture of Florina, in the presence of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos and the senior clergymen accompanying him.
Speaking during the event, the Ecumenical Patriarch said that one must not forget the history of the country so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
The day began for the Ecumenical Patriarch with a visit to the village of Lemos, the headquarters of the municipality of Prespes, where he was given a warm welcome by local inhabitants despite pouring rain.
Vartholomeos said that all agencies must make efforts to bring peace, solidarity and cooperation for the happiness of people, regardless of national origin and religious convictions.
The Ecumenical Patriarch and the members of his entourage will be visiting the town of Aminteo later on in the day.
 Skopje court upholds most serious charge against jailed Orthodox leader
SKOPJE, 20/9/2005 (ANA - N. Frangopoulos)A high court here on Monday upheld the most serious charge against a high-ranking clergyman who heads the small Orthodox Archbishopric of Ohrid, a rival to the so-called "Macedonian Orthodox Church".
By upholding a conviction of "inciting ethnic and religious hatred" against one-time Metropolitan and now Archbishop John, the Skopje appeals court kept the cleric in jail. Two lesser counts in the original indictment were overturned.
John is recognized by the Serbian Church as the legitimate Orthodox Archbishop in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The Serbian Church has been at odds with the breakaway "Macedonian Orthodox Church" - which is not recognized by any other Orthodox church worldwide -- after the latter changed its name, by dropping the title of Orthodox Archbishopric of Ohrid, and declaring its autonomy in 1967.
Conversely, FYROM's authorities do not recognize the current Orthodox Archbishopric of Ohrid.
The metropolitan was originally convicted by a Bitola court, a development that generated criticism around the world, including from Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos and Russian Patriarch Alexyi II. Moreover, John's imprisonment has caused continued friction between FYROM and Serbia, one-time provinces of the former Yugoslavia.
His conviction can still be overturned by FYROM's Supreme Court, according to reports.
 Archangelos 2005 air show a success
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The Archangelos 2005 air show, held at the 114th Battle Wing at Tanagra, with the participation of 20 military air forces and 12 aerospace companies concluded on Sunday with great success.
More than 240,000 Greeks and foreigners attended the show over the weekend.
During the three-day airshow, which began on Friday, a wide variety of aircraft were on display on the ground, while others performed air-borne maneuvers, including simulations by Greek pilots of operational flights encompassing different threat scenarios, in a display of the preparedness and abilities of the Hellenic Air Force.
Among those performing acrobatic maneuvers were Britain's Royal Air Force Red Arrows and the Italian Frecce Tricolori. The latter participated in a 10-aircraft formation, painting the sky in the colors of the Italian flag.
Among the dignitaries at the exhibition was President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, who was briefed on the Hellenic Air Force's readiness and combat capability.
The show was organized by the Hellenic Air Force to honor its patron saint, the Archangel Michael.
 PM to meet with FinMin, Development Minister and DEH President on Tuesday
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will be meeting with Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis, Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas and Public Power Corporation (DEH) President Yiannis Paleokrassas at Maximos Mansion at 1:00 pm on Tuesday.
 Alogoskoufis: Efforts to privatize OA will continue; alternative solutions also considered
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The government, and specifically Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis, reiterated on Monday that it will continue efforts at privatizing ailing national carrier Olympic Airways (OA), although "alternative solutions" are available in case purchase offers fall through.
Alogoskoufis said he will not rule out the prospect of joint private sector/state control of an OA successor.
"Our goal is a robust (business) scheme that will guarantee flight safety and healthy competition in the air transport sector," he told reporters shortly after meeting with the leadership of Greece's largest trade umbrella union, GSEE.
In terms of other issues, Alogoskoufis said the government does not intend to change the collective bargaining agreement regime, which he called successful.
Additionally, the minister said 2006 will witness the commencement of a dialogue over long-term interventions in the country's social security system, as well as discussion over tax reforms for individual income tax rates.
On his part, GSEE president Christos Polyzogopoulos called for a convergence agreement over wages, warning that the unions will demand pay hikes more than covering the inflation rate. Additionally, he called for a timetable to funnel state funding into the social security system, especially aimed at the after 2025 period.
Finally, he again reiterated GSEE's call for a heating oil subsidy towards lower-income households during the upcoming winter season.
Alogoskoufis was accompanied by Economy Deputy Ministers Christos Folias, Petros Doukas and Adam Regouzas.
 OA to appeal to European Court on Commission ruling
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Olympic Airlines has decided to fight the European Commission over its ruling that the state aid the state carrier received was illegal, by appealing to the European Court of Justice.
Transport and Communications Minister Michalis Liapis on Monday said that while the situation is at a difficult stage right now, the government does have a comprehensive plan to deal with it.
 IMF conclusions on Greek economy presented to FinMin Alogoskoufis
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The conclusions of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) report on the Greek economy were presented Monday to national economy and finance minister George Alogoskoufis by an IMF delegation, which was in Greece for 10 days of meetings with ministry officials, senior officials of several other ministries, the Bank of Greece, and other banks, in order to collate data for the report on the state of the Greek economy and its prospects.
The full text of the report will be made public in November.
Meanwhile, Alogoskoufis leaves on Wednesday for the US, where he will attend the IMF annual meeting.
 Intracom wins 22.2 mln-dollar- contract in Saudi Arabia
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Intracom Middle East, a member of Intracom group, on Monday announced the signing of contract, worth 22.2 million US dollars, in Saudi Arabia for the development of an IP network for Integrated Telecom Company Ltd. (ITC), and implementing all management systems in the organizations.
ITC, a data services provider in Saudi Arabia, plans to offer advanced communication data services to both enterprises and household users, using Intracom's equipment.
The contract has a two-year duration. ITC's president and chief executive Dr Mohammed H. Omar, said his company along with Intracom and its technological partners -Cisco and Redline Communications- were developing one of the most complex high-performance telecommunication networks that would enable enterprises to excel in their field of activities and offer household users real value and quality.
"Telecommunication needs in the Middle East are rapidly growing and the large local data services provides are seeking cooperation with highly expert companies. Intracom has undoubtedly an advantage towards its competitors," Stavros Vougas, Intracom Middle East's chief executive said.
 Symposium on technology and investments in Greece in Chicago
CHICAGO, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The US Commerce Department and the Commerce Department of the State of Illinois, the International Commerce Club of Chicago and several US enterprises from the high technology and investment sectors will participate in a Technology and Investments Symposium, organized by the United Hellenic-American Congress (UHAC) and the World Council of Hellenes Abroad in Chicago September 29.
The symposium on "Technology and investments in Greece: Economic centre in Southeastern Europe and a gate to the Balkans and the EU" is following a symposium organized a few months ago again in Chicago. Andreas Athens, president of UHAC and WCHA expressed his satisfaction over the response of both the public and private sector to the symposium.
Abbott Laboratories Hellas and Kalamos, an investment company with around 41.5 billion dollars under management, will be among the sponsors of the symposium. Greek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas will be the main speaker of the symposium. The Greek minister will present the opportunities offered by Greece to foreign investors.
 Greece seeks to promote agro-tourism
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The Greek government seeks to support agro-tourism as a way to support regional growth, Tourism Deputy Minister Anastasios Liaskos said.
Addressing a seminar on agro-tourism in Chalkis on Saturday, the Greek minister said the ministry was finalizing details in a draft law on agro-tourism. The plan envisages the creation of a Greek Tourism Organization for Agro-tourism and will offer incentives to promote business in the sector.
"Agro-tourism ensures that each region will be able to highlight its comparative advantages and creates job positions in regional Greece," Liaskos said.
 Greek tourism enterprises "concerned" over Olympic Airlines' future
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Greek tourism enterprises on Monday expressed their concern over the future of Olympic Airlines. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, Economy, Tourism and Transport ministers, the Panhellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises and the Panhellenic Union of Air Travel Agencies said their position was not to preserve Olympic Airlines at all cost, but to find a credible and viable new form without undermining tourism, economy and air travel both domestic and abroad.
The unions urged the government to secure a time period for finding the best possible solution both for the national airline and for its workers.
 Deputy agriculture minister requests probe on origin of foreign white cheese sold as 'feta' in EU countries
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Deputy Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs Minister Alexandros Kontos on Monday addressed a letter to Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, requesting the assistance of foreign ministry services to probe reports concerning the marketing in European Union countries of white cheese originating from Bulgaria and other Balkan countries under the name of "feta."
The name "feta" has been consolidated by Greece as a Protected Name of Origin.
The deputy minister said that "the Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs ministry will make every effort possible so that we can protect one of the most important farm products of ours having excellent export performances and an excellent qualitative and nutritious value."
 Average unleaded fuel price reaches 0.990 euros per liter on September 16,
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The average price of unleaded fuel, according to checks carried out at about 2,300 gasoline stations all over the country, reached 0.990 euros per liter on September 16, decreasing by 6.43 percent from 1.058 euros per liter on September 9, 2005.
Since the beginning of 2004, the price of unleaded fuel had increased by a total of 35.43 percent, while over the same period the price of brent oil had increased by 94.98 percent.
The retail price of unleaded fuel in Greece is the lowest in the European Union and is 17.28 percent less than the relevant EU average.
 Traffic stoppages on Rio-Antirrio bridge to begin on Tuesday
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Traffic stoppages on the Rio-Antirrio bridge, which links central Greece to the Peloponnese in the south, will begin as of Tuesday morning and are expected to last for about 10 weeks, depending on weather conditions prevailing during this period.
According to an announcement by the company responsible for the bridge, a traffic stoppage is expected at 7.30 a.m. on Tuesday which will last for about a quarter of an hour.
Other stoppages of the same duration are expected one or more times a day, mainly during the morning, throughout the duration of work to be carried out on the bridge.
The work will mainly concern strengthening the bridge's defense system against lightning.
 Greek stocks end 0.48 pct lower
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Greek stocks fell on Monday as investors found little new incentives and the market maintained its wait-and-see stance ahead of completion of the six-month results period.
The composite index fell 0.48 percent to end at 3,251.28 points, with turnover a moderate 134.9 million euros
The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chips and heavy traded stocks ended 0.57 percent lower, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index rose 0.19 percent and the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index eased 0.13 percent.
Sector indices ended mixed. The Insurance (1.31 pct), IT (1.28 pct) and Textile (0.82 pct) indices scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while the Publications (1.41 pct), Mineral-Cement (1.06 pct) and Banks (0.95 pct) indices suffered losses.
Broadly, decliners led advancers by 148 to 115 with another 73 issues unchanged.
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 Bill amendment opens way for Greek and foreign universities to offer joint post-grad studies
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)An amendment submitted by the Education Ministry on Monday opens the way for Greek and foreign universities recognized in Greece to offer students joint post-graduate study programs.
The same amendment, if passed into law, will also allow doctoral students to work on their dissertation at a Greek and foreign university, as well as the option for students to pursue part of their post-graduate studies at a European university.
The Education Minister Marietta Giannakou also submitted an amendment which will require Greek teachers who have been transferred abroad for three or more years to carry out their full term.
Teachers will be allowed to end their term pre-maturely only in the case of emergencies.
 Stanford University to acquire Greek studies dept
STANFORD, 20/9/2005 (ANA)A Greek studies department, named after former Greek premier Constantinos Mitsotakis, will be created at Stanford University in California, following the initiative of the Tsakopoulou-Kounalaki family who donated $2 million to Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences.
The department's focus will be on those elements of Greek civilization that have become an integral part of Western society, as well as the study of ancient Greek ideas and their effect on modern sciences.
In response, Mitsotakis said that the creation of such a department, "at one of the world's leading academic institutions," was both an honor for the country and for him personally.
Mitsotakis will attend the official inaugural ceremony that will be held at Stanford University on October 31.
 One man killed, 2 Greek nationals arrested after incident involving migrant smuggling, Turkish patrol boat
ANKARA, 20/9/2005 (ANA - A. Abatzis)Two Greek nationals, both crew members aboard a commercial vessel, were arrested by the Turkish coast guard over the weekend along with a boatload of illegal immigrants in a sea region off the Izmir province of western Turkey, according to a dispatch by the semi-official "Anadolu" agency.
According to reports, one Syrian national was killed aboard the vessel when a Turkish patrol boat opened fire on it. Another two Syrian nationals were injured, while one Greek crew member, identified as Dimitrios Agiadis, was also slightly injured as well.
The other Greek national was identified as Georgios Avgiadis, whereas the vessel was listed as the "Maiph TP 215". Both men are reportedly in custody, while 26 Syrians and one Palestinian were detained pending their deportation, Anadolu reported.
 More illegal migrants detained on Samos; Turkish man arrested
SAMOS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The latest instance involving the interception of illegal migrants attempting to land on Greek territory was reported on the eastern Aegean island of Samos Monday morning, a favorite target for migrant smugglers across the narrow strait separating the isle from the Turkish coast.
According to authorities, 29 men from various Third World countries were spotted and detained at the Kouroudere site on the island.
Coast guard officers last apprehended a Turkish national aboard a 6.5-metre craft believed to have ferried the illegals onto Samos. Authorities are also investigating whether the incident is linked with recent instances of migrant smuggling targeting Samos.
The illegals were transported to a reception centre, while the Turkish national is due to face a local prosecutor.
 President Papoulias on the death of French author Lacarrière
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias called French author Jacques Lacarrière, who died at the age of 79, a leading figure of the arts whose work was internationally-acclaimed.
Papoulias referred to Lacarrière's love of Greece as well as to his love of Cyprus.
"He disagreed with all those who distinguished between ancient Greece and modern-day Greece, between ancient Greek and modern Greek, claiming that there was only one Greece and that it was unique," Papoulias said.
Lacarrière was born in Limoges, France in 1925. He died on Saturday following post-surgery complications.
 Exhibition dedicated to Greek community in Vienna inaugurated on Saturday
VIENNA, 20/9/2005 (ANA - D. Dimitrakoudis)An exhibition titled "The Greeks of Vienna" was inaugurated on Saturday at the historic building housing the Greek embassy in the Austrian capital and it is dedicated to the life of the Greek community in Vienna, which had its cultural centre and its place of freedom here during the years of Ottoman slavery.
Greece's Ambassador to Austria Theodoros Sotiropoulos made an address on the content of the exhibition, which includes many photographs and books, as well as other material obtained from archives. An address was also made by the Metropolitan of Austria and Exarch of Hungary and Central Europe Michail.
The exhibition is part of a series of Greek events being organized in the Austrian capital until the end of October under the general title of "Greek Autumn in Vienna."
The history of the Greek community in Vienna dates back to the end of the 17ty century and the beginning of the 18th century in particular.
 Medical examiner says Helios airliner's pilot, co-pilot suffered from coronary problems
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)An Athens medical examiner on Monday presented Justice Minister Anastasios Papaligouras with more toxicology and autopsy reports on the pilot and co-pilot of the ill-fated Helios Airway flight ZU522, which crashed north of Athens on Aug. 14.
Specifically, results show that both the German pilot and the Cypriot co-pilot suffered from heart conditions and coronary problems.
 More lawsuits filed in Kontominas-Kouris clash
ATHENS, 20/9/2005 (ANA)The founder of Greece's largest insurance group and a well-known media owner on Monday filed another round of lawsuits, the latest alleging felonious blackmail, against a controversial newspaper publisher and rival television owner whose paper has bannered front-page attacks against him in practically every edition over the past two months.
Dimitris Kontominas' attorneys filed the lawsuits on Monday against "Alter" channel and "Avriani" newspaper owner Giorgos Kouris, as well as against two of the latter's associates.
According to the Kontominas side, the attacks by the Kouris group began in May, when Kontominas' executives began successful efforts to lure star television investigative reporter Makis Triantafyllopoulos to the "Alpha" station from "Alter".
 Shelter for human trafficking victims to open in Thessaloniki
THESSALONIKI, 20/9/2005 (ANA)Victims of human trafficking will be able to find shelter in the Hospitality Centre that will open in Thessaloniki in the beginning of 2006.
Transit stations will also be established in Kilkis, Serres and Drama.
The centre will be able to accommodate 30 people, while the stations will accommodate 10 people each.
The initiative falls within the context of the second phase of the Equal program, under the aegis of the Labor and Social Solidarity Ministry and is 25% funded by the ministry and 75% by the European Social Fund.
Support services will be provided to those staying at the centre for a period of four months. After that they will be enrolled in Greek language courses and will follow a 20-month vocational training course in order to find employment.
"Through the Nostos program we are bringing to the surface a social group that is discriminated against as it tries to become a part of society and the labor market," Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis said.
 Deputy sports minister requests clarification of international sports administrations' legal relation
LIVERPOOL, 20/9/2005 (ANA - G. Dimitroglou)Deputy Sports Minister George Orfanos, speaking during the informal conference of European Union sports ministers here on Monday, stressed the need for the clarification of the legal relation between international sports federations, both in relation to member-states' law and that of the EU.
On the occasion of the issue surfacing recently with FIFA, which is threatening the Greek Soccer Federation (EPO) with sanctions in the event of interference by the state, the deputy sports minister called on the conference to consider the problem of conflict between EU or national law with the regulations of FIFA and other international federations.
"The international sports federations, due to the great publicity and commercialism acquired by sport, are now in a position to shape legal relations and situations which are alien to the competitive part of the sport they are promoting," he said.
 Cypriot FM holds meetings in New York
NEW YORK, 20/9/2005 (CNA/ANA)Cypriot Foreign Minister George Iacovou on Monday held meetings with European Union foreign ministers at the sidelines of a working breakfast between EU foreign ministers and Russian FM Sergey Lavrov.
He told CNA that at the working breakfast they examined issues concerning EU-Russia relations in view of the Russia-EU high level meeting on 4th October.
Regarding deliberations in Brussels concerning the counterstatement to Turkey's declaration that it does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, he said he discussed the matter with many of his EU
Iacovou also said that the contents of the counterstatement has not been agreed upon and remarked that some changes have been made and that the EU presidency wants to issue a statement on behalf of the EU on the issue.
The Cypriot minister also held meetings with foreign ministers, whose countries are members of the Organization of Islamic Conference.
According to an official statement, Iacovou held separate meetings on Monday with his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Slovakia on matters that arise from the COREPER discussion on the EU counterstatement.
 Spokesman: Cypriot president clarified positions in UNGA address
NICOSIA, 20/9/2005 (CNA/ANA)Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has clearly conveyed in his address to the UN General Assembly all elements that involve a solution to the Cyprus problem, said here
Monday Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.
Chrysostomides said the president expressed hope that the UN Secretary-General would proceed with "some moves so that negotiations for a Cyprus solution will begin."
Chrysostomides noted that the positions expressed by the Cypriot president in his speech are "clear, lucid and reassured of our commitment for a solution to the Cyprus problem, reunification of our country based on the correct basis."
Commenting on a statement by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza that President Tassos Papadopoulos must satisfy the SG in specifying "with clarity and finality his objections to the Annan Plan," the spokesman said that the Cypriot president clarified that these positions have been put forward very clearly and no one can doubt it.
"They have been tabled," said Chrysostomides, adding that he does not understand the insistence of resubmitting the positions of the Greek Cypriot side.
"Therefore he (Bryza) was not informed that our positions have been tabled," the spokesman said, and agreed with a remark that it is "strange but not improbable" that the Americans insist on this issue.
Asked if he was aware of reports that said US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried had asked Cypriot Foreign Minister George Iacovou that Cyprus does not impose obstacles in Turkey's start of accession negotiations, Chrysostomides replied he was not aware of such a development, although it would not surprise him because this "is the US firm policy."
 Trade unions reconfirm their position on Cyprus
NICOSIA, 20/9/2005 (CNA/ANA)Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot, as well as Turkish and Greek trade unions, point out the need for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to assume a new initiative on
Cyprus on the basis of his solution plan, with the necessary changes that would make the plan acceptable by both communities without changing its philosophy.
A Cyprus All Trade Union Forum permanent committee press release notes the trade unions met in the framework of the second conference of Turkish, Greek and Cypriot trade unions organized in
Constantinople on September 16 and 17, and discussed the situation of employees in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus and the role of trade unions to achieve peace and stability in the region.
The meeting took place in a positive and constructive climate, the release says, adding that it was decided that the next meeting would be held in Cyprus.
Regarding the Cyprus problem, the trade unions reconfirmed their position decided on during the previous conference that ''a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation as prescribed by the UN resolutions on Cyprus and the high level agreements constitutes an immediate necessity.''
''The pursued solution should guarantee the respect of the human rights of all Cypriots and should be based on the political equality of both communities,'' the trade unions add.