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Athens News Agency: News in English, 96-11-03

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Athens, Greece, 03/11/1996 (ANA)


  • Greece's priorities for the IGC
  • Mediterranean fishing
  • Foreigners arrested with fake passports
  • Man's body found in sea


    PASOK Eurodeputy and Greece's representative to the European Union's Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) Yannos Kranidiotis yesterday commented on Greece's priorities regarding the review of the European Union's charter.

    Greece considered the safeguarding of Europe's citizens' fundamental rights (economic, political and social) to be paramount, including the right to work. Secondly, said Kranidiotis, Greece believes joint foreign policy should be strengthened, and that respect for the territorial integrity and borders of member states should be included in the charter's basic principles.

    Finally, an effort should be made to maintain the principle of equality between member states. Kranidiotis said that a French-German proposal for "reinforced cooperation" would lead to the creation of a hard core of states with powers to take initiatives. Greece, he added, would have no objection to such cooperation in matters of defence, justice, police or internal matters, but was against any concentration of power with regard to the internal market, the economy or trade.

    A group of international scientists on Saturday appealed to Kavala authorities to put an end to uncontrolled sea fishing, water cultures and tourist development of the Mediterranean sea coast in the region.

    The appeal came from 26 experts from Bulgaria, Romania, The Ukraine, Turkey, Armenia, Greece, Albania, Israel, Russia as well as other countries.

    After a week of discussions on sea fishing and environmental damage in the Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts, the scientists concluded that sea fishing activity and uncontrolled development are the main problems of the Mediterranean sea cost.

    The scientists forecast that a host of tehnical measures which have been forwarded within the EU's Common Fishing Policy will cause intense problems in the northern Aegean sea region, charecterised by a broad, and close to the sea surface, continental shelf.

    They said that the pending reduction in sea fishing areas, coupled with an anticipated fishing activity will have damaging effects on fishing production.

    The experts further drew attention to uncontrolled fishing and pollution in the Black Sea coast urging for coordination of action and planning of a common administrative policy to deal with the problems.

    Black Sea Economic Cooperation Alternate Director, Dan Barliba, stressed the need for further cooperation with scientists from the countries of the Black Sea as well as initiatives to explore the possibilities for common research programmes within the framework of EU and International organisations' activities.

    Police Saturday arrested a Dutchman and two Iranian nationals for possession and use of fake passports and state bureau stamps.

    Police made the arrests of Dutchman Mahdi Kaveh, 32 and Ali Cabarizadek, 31 and Hamid Pasha, 37 (all phonetic spellings) from Iran, at Athens' Olympic Airport.

    The arrested will appear before the public prosecutor.

    Police said they were investigating the case.

    The body of an unidentified man was found in the sea off the Aghios Kosmas sports complex near Athens airport this morning.

    The man, who had suffered injuries to the left side of his neck and above the left eye, was aged about 35 and was wearing black trousers, a black shirt and black training shoes. The body has been taken to Athens morgue for an autopsy, while an investigation is being carried out by Glyfada port police.


    At the European Water Polo Championships in the Netherlands yesterday, Olympiakos beat the home team Polar Bears 6-3. In Athens, Vouliagmeni won its own 10th tournament for the second year in a row, beating Patra Yacht Club 11-6 in the final.

    In Saturday's soccer matches, Veria drew with Aris 1-1.

    In basketball, Peristeri beat Panionios 92-89, while Apollo Patra defeated ARis 75-65. Olympiakos romped home against Byzantinos 90-64, giving it a single day of glory on its own at the top of the score table, since the winner of today's AEK-Panathinaikos match is sure to even the score.

    Meanwhile, the 4th World Police Marathon held in Attica today was won by the Tunisian Tanah Mansouri in 2h 18m 55sec, heading a field of 155 athletes from 55 countries.


    Fine weather is expected over most of the country for Monday, with the exception of possible light rain in the southeast. Winds will be northerly light to moderate, with possible strong winds locally in the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range from 13-22C, in Thessaloniki 6-20C.


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