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Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-05-11

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr>

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Athens, Greece, 11/05/1998 (ANA)


MAIN HEADLINES

  • WEU ministerial summit begins today on Rhodes
  • Acropolis to be made accesible to disabled
  • 21 hikers found safe and sound
  • New Archbishop chairs first meeting
  • Kranidiotis: Athens will never accept recognition of pseudo-state
  • Balkan military medicine sessions begin in Athens
  • Tsohatzopoulos dismisses Ankara's claims of Greek support for PKK
  • Restructuring of public debt through long-term state bonds
  • Greek Soccer Championships
  • Weather
  • Foreign exchange

NEWS IN DETAIL

WEU ministerial summit begins today on Rhodes

Fifty-six foreign and defence ministers from 28 European countries today began a two-day Western European Union (WEU) summit, with the participation also of NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana, on the island of Rhodes. A joint meeting will be held today of the foreign and defence ministers of the ten WEU member-states, of three countries with associate membership status and five observers. Tomorrow, they will be joined by the foreign and defence ministers of the ten associate members of central and eastern Europe.

Acropolis to be made accesible to disabled

Greece's environment, town planning and public works ministry is working on a 10-million-drachma plan to adapt the Acropolis site so that it is accessible to the disabled, the elderly and other groups with special needs, Minister Costas Laliotis said today. Announcing a pilot programme to make life easier for the disabled, Laliotis said the ministry was working with the Antiquities Department on a draft study that would allow the 10 percent of the general population categorised as having special needs and the 43 percent - including the elderly, infants and pregnant women - which suffer serious problems in moving around cities to visit the archaeological site.

21 hikers found safe and sound

Twenty-one hikers were safe today despite spending the night in a gorge on Mt. Parnes after becoming disoriented in thick fog. The hikers had set off early Sunday morning and headed for the Kleista monastery but got lost when fog descended and decided to spend the night in the gorge. Four hikers meanwhile continued on to the monastery and reached a point on the mountain where their mobile phones were able to access the network.

New Archbishop chairs first meeting

Newly elected Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece today chaired his first meeting of the Holy Synod, the 12-member ruling body of the Orthodox Church of Greece. Metropolitan Maximos of Serres described the meeting as "historic", not only because it was the first time Christodoulos presided but also because very important Church issues were discussed. Opening the meeting, Christodoulos said there may have been disagreements and differences of opinion prior to the election, following the death of Archbishop Serapheim, "but now these are in the past and we shall go forward united".

Kranidiotis: Athens will never accept recognition of pseudo-state

Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis reiterated that Greece would in no way accept schemes leading to the recognition of the illegal pseudo- state in Turkish-occupied Cyprus. "The basis of talks must be the bizonal, bicommunal federation, and in no case shall we accept separatist or partition schemes that lead to any direct or indirect recognition of the pseudo-state," he said after Friday's meeting with special UN represent ative for Cyprus Diego Cordovez.

Balkan military medicine sessions begin in Athens

National Defence Undersecretary Dimitris Apostolakis yesterday opened in Athens the sessions of the 3rd Conference of the Balkan Committee of Military Medicine. Participating in the sessions are delegates from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Greece.

Tsohatzopoulos dismisses Ankara's claims of Greek support for PKK

Turkey is "deluded" if it continues to believe that Greece supports the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said on Saturday. Mr. Tsohatzopoulos was responding to comments on Saturday by his Turkish counterpart Ismet Sezgin, namely, that he would bring up the issue of Greece's alleged support for the PKK when he visits Rhodes for a Western European Union's (WEU) summit of defence and foreign ministers, which opens today.

Restructuring of public debt through long-term state bonds

Finance Undersecretary Nikos Christodoulakis reiterated Athens' resolve to implement announced institutional reforms and accelerate privatisations. Speaking before dozens of US institutional investment executives at the Harvard Club on Friday, he referred to the restructuring of Greece's public debt through the issuance of long-term state bonds, and the recent reiteration of confidence in Greece's creditworthiness by the Moody's international credit rating agency.

Greek Soccer Championships

AEK-Kalamata 4-2 Ionikos-Panathinaikos 0-1 Athinaikos-OFI 0-2 Iraklis-Paniliakos 0-0 Kavala-Panionios 1-0 Veria-PAOK 1-3 Olympiakos-Apolon 5-3 Panahaiki-Proodeftiki 1-1 Ethnikos-Xanthi 1-0 Standings, points after 32 rounds: Olympiakos 85, Panathinaikos 79, AEK 70, PAOK 67, Ionikos 58, Iraklis 48, OFI 45.

WEATHER

The forecast for Monday is overcast with local showers and possibility of storms. Winds moderate to strong in the northern Aegean. Athens will be locally cloudy, with possibility of rain in the north and temperatures ranging 15-20C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures of 13-18C.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Friday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 306.875 British pound 502.805 Japanese yen(100) 231.513 French franc 51.711 German mark 173.402 Italian lira (100) 17.576 Irish Punt 436.877 Belgian franc 8.406 Finnish mark 57.044 Dutch guilder 153.834 Danish kr. 45.493 Austrian sch. 24.641 Spanish peseta 2.042 Swedish kr. 40.295 Norwegian kr. 41.426 Swiss franc 207.760 Port. Escudo 1.691 Aus. dollar 195.523 Can. dollar 213.597 Cyprus pound 587.601

(M.P.)


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