Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-07-17
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 17/07/1998 (ANA)
- President marks 'black anniversary' for Cyprus
- Prince Charles due in November
- Greek-descent foreign MPs to meet
- Spurned suitor gets revenge
- Water supply restored to Thessaloniki
- IOC chief confers with culture minister
- Flynn, Simitis discuss job training programmes
- Gov't to issue low-cost bonds for small investors
- Kranidiotis details Greece's initiatives on Mideast problem
- Pangalos talks with Albania's leadership next week
- Measures against police corruption discussed
- Medical students volunteer programme
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
President marks 'black anniversary' for Cyprus
President Kostis Stephanopoulos today reaffirmed Greece's support for
Cyprus in efforts to find a just, viable and feasible solution to the
problems which continue to cause great hardship for the Cypriot people and
undermine international legality. In a message on the 24th "black
anniversary" since the Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of one-
third of Cyprus, Stephanopoulos said the Turkish occupation forces must at
long last leave so that all Cypriots, irrespective of ethnic origin or
religion, could "march together down the road of conciliation and creation"
within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
Prince Charles due in November
Britain's Prince Charles will visit Greece on November 22-24, coinciding
with the opening of the Britain and Greece Festival in Athens. The Festival,
organised by the British Embassy in Athens with the support of the British
Council, will run from November 21 to December 5.
Greek-descent foreign MPs to meet
Parliamentarians of Greek origin from around the world converge in Athens
next week for talks with Greek government officials and political figures
and the second conference of the World Hellenic Interparliamentary Union.
The 41 parliamentarians from 16 countries, will meet with President of the
Republic Costis Stephanopoulos, Parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis,
opposition party leaders and Cabinet members. They will also be briefed by
foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos and alternate foreign minister George
Papandreou on Greek national issues.
Spurned suitor gets revenge
A 57-year-old man tossed two hand-grenades into a couple's home today
because they refused to allow him to marry their 35-year-old daughter.
Police said they arrested Vassilis Zachopoulos after the dawn attack, in
which Evgenia and Efthymios Lytras, 52 and 29 respectively, the mother and
brother of 35-year-old Theodora, were seriously injured.
Water supply restored to Thessaloniki
Water supply to the northern Greek capital of Thessaloniki began returning
to normal today as technicians repaired major damage to a central waterpipe
that left Thessaloniki residents dry for nearly two days. The burst central
distribution pipeline was repaired late last night, restoring the flow to
central tanks, but it would take at least another day for water levels to
reach normal, the Water Board told the ANA.
IOC chief confers with culture minister
Visiting International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio
Samaranch met today with culture minister Evangelos Venizelos, who is also
chairman of the inter-ministerial committee for the 2004 Olympics. The
talks dealt with a general review of preparations so far for the Athens
2004 Games in view of the first meeting -- in Athens on September 2-4 -- of
the IOC coordinating committee which supervises preparations for the Games.
Samaranch arrived in Athens yesterday for the opening ceremony of the
International Olympic Academy's annual session on Pnyx Hill. The meeting,
which runs through July 30, brings together a record 202 delegates from
Flynn, Simitis discuss job training programmes
Prime Minister Costas Simitis met last night with visiting European
Commissioner Padraig Flynn and discussed ways to improve Greece's absoption
rate of EU structural funds regarding job training programmes. Mr. Flynn,
who is on an visit to Greece, also discussed with Mr. Simitis issues
related to the rest of the structural funds' absorption rates, which he
called satisfactory. According to reports, a selection procedure began to
choose which programmes will be given a priority status, while those
considered ineffective will be cut.
Gov't to issue low-cost bonds for small investors
The state will begin issuing low-cost, tax-free bonds in September in order
to entice small investors into the debt market, Finance Undersecretary
Nikos Christodoulakis said yesterday. The new bonds, priced at 50,000-100,
000 drachmas, will be tax-free if buyers retain them until maturity. The
bonds, which have a duration of three, five and 10 years, are not
negotiable on the secondary market, Mr. Christodoulakis said.
Kranidiotis details Greece's initiatives on Mideast problem
Greece fully supports peace and stability in the Middle East, and
undertakes initiatives with a view to rekindling the peace process, while
it also contributes decisively to the formulation of European policy in the
region and believes that Europe must undertake a more active role in the
Mideast problem, Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis said in an
exclusive interview with ANA. "Greece has every interest in the promotion
of peace and stability in the region of the eastern Mediterranean. It seeks,
therefore, to assist in the rekindling of the Middle East process, which
has been deadlocked for the last year-and-a-half. Kranidiotis, who
represented Athens at a recent conference of prominent Israeli and
Palestinian personalities and journalists, said it was decided on
Rhodes that the conferences for dialogue should continue on a permanent
Pangalos talks with Albania's leadership next week
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos will discuss the entire spectrum of
bilateral relations as well as issues concerning the situation in the
Balkans - especially Kosovo - when he meets the Albanian leadership in
Tirana on July 20-21, the foreign ministry announced yesterday. Mr.
Pangalos, who will be accompanied by a business delegation, will meet
Albanian President Rexhep Mejdani, PM Fatos Nano, FM Paskal Milo, Tirana's
public order minister, the parliament president, and the president of the
Albanian parliament's constit utional revision committee. The agenda of
discussions will also include cross-border and economic cooperation as well
as a bilateral educational agreement, to be signed during Education
Minister Gerasimos Arsenis' forthcoming visit to Tirana.
Measures against police corruption discussed
Prime Minister Costas Simitis yesterday met with Public Order Minister
George Romeos to focus on measures against corruption in the police force.
After the meeting, Mr. Romeos stated that the government will introduce a
bill in Parliament in August for the creation of an internal affairs
division, which will be overseen by a prosecutor. He added that he
personally approved 2,300 residence permits for foreigners out of a total
of 70,000 applications in Attica and 400,000 around the country over the
past five months, as was prescibed by law.
Medical students volunteer programme
The Society of Greek Medical Students (EFIE) will organise a volunteer
programme to staff medical clinics on various Greek islands during the
summer. The programme is financed by the New Generetion general secretariat
and includes 95 medical students from seven medical schools in Greece as
well as other countries. Room and board costs will be met be local
governments on the islands. Greek students will volunteer their services in
Istanbul, Ankara and Anatolia hospitals, while their Turkish counterparts
will volunteer on the islands of Lesvos, Hios and Kos.
Fine weather with cloud increasing in the afternoon. Possibility of storms
in the northeast. Temperatures will range from 15-28 in the north, 16-31 in
the mainland, and 19-29 on the islands. Athens, sunny with mild to strong
winds and temperatures from 22-31C. Same in Thessaloniki with increasing
cloud and temperatures from 20-28C.
Thursday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 296.162
British pound 484.532 Japanese yen (100) 213.211
French franc 49.330 German mark 165.371
Italian lira (100) 16.781 Irish Punt 415.747
Belgian franc 8.021 Finnish mark 54.471
Dutch guilder 146.717 Danish kr. 43.430
Austrian sch. 23.511 Spanish peseta 1.949
Swedish kr. 37.222 Norwegian kr. 39.059
Swiss franc 196.13 Port. Escudo 1.617
Aus. dollar 187.081 Can. dollar 198.956
Cyprus pound 563.258