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Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-08-31

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Athens, Greece, 31/08/1998 (ANA)


  • Athens rejects Cem-Denktash proposal for confederation
  • PM briefs president on Wednesday
  • Greece, Bulgaria discuss Balkans force
  • Jet-ski owner fined for negligence
  • Simitis interview to "Le Monde"
  • Pangalos: visa-free zone on Greek-Albanian border next year
  • Lesvos business delegation in Izmir
  • Balkan writers/translators' conference in Alexandroupolis
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking at Samos cosmology conference
  • Bullet-riddled body of Albanian policeman found in well
  • First division soccer results
  • Weather
  • Foreign Exchange


Athens rejects Cem-Denktash proposal for confederation

The Greek government has rejected the idea of a confederation of two states on Cyprus proposed earlier on Monday in a joint communique issued by Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash immediately after their talks in the Turkish-occupied part of Nicosia. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said the stance adopted by Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriots proves that Ankara's policy runs completely contrary to the direction expected by the international community and simply confirmed the provocativeness and aggressiveness associated with the neighbouring country.

PM briefs president on Wednesday

Prime Minister Costas Simitis will brief President Kostis Stephanopoulos at noon on Wednesday on current political developments, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said today, announcing the premier's schedule for the week. Reppas said the meeting would be within the framework of the regular monthly contacts between the premier and president. At 1.30 pm. the same day, Reppas said, Simitis will receive International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch to discuss issues related to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Greece, Bulgaria discuss Balkans force

Defence Undersecretary Dimitris Apostolakis had talks in Sofia today with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Gechev on plans for the formation of a multinational rapid intervention force in the Balkans, developments in Kosovo and bilateral cooperation in the defence sector, according to an ANA despatch from Sofia. In statements after the meeting, both sides underlined the identity of views on the issues discussed and expressed satisfaction with the level of coordination between the two countries. Apostolakis described as "excellent" the cooperation between the two countries' peacekeeping contingents in Bosnia, saying a joint visit was being planned to the force's headquarters.

Jet-ski owner fined for negligence

The owner of a marine pleasure craft rental company on the island of Zakynthos was today fined 10 million drachmas for illegally renting out two jet skis which later collided, resulting in the serious injury of a British woman. In the accident, which took place in the sea near the beach of Aghios Nikolaos, Vassiliko on August 19, Joanne Salter, 26, was seriously injured while riding on a jet ski driven by another British woman when it was hit by a second jet ski which had been rented from the same company reportedly by two Italian men. Salter later underwent emergency surgery for injuries sustained to her liver at a hospital on Zakynthos. The owner of the pleasure craft company, Charalambos Vythoulkas, was fined by the Zakynthos coastguard for renting the two jet skis to persons who did not have a speedboat licence.

Simitis interview to "Le Monde"

More than 70 per cent of the Greeks want their country to enter Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and are ready to make the necessary sacrifices, Prime Minister Costas Simitis told the Paris daily "Le Monde". The Greek premier's interview, published by the paper in its Aug. 30-31 edition, comes in light of his French counterpart Lionel Jospin's visit to Athens today. The two premiers will be the keynote speakers at an open discussion this evening on democratic socialism.

Pangalos: visa-free zone on Greek-Albanian border next year

A zone on the Greek-Albanian frontier will be introduced next year, Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos announced yesterday during a visit to the southeastern Albanian town of Korce, where he inaugurated a new Greek consulate. Greeks and Albanians living within the zone - the depth of which will be decided later - will be allowed free movement on either side of the borders inside the zone, and will have a special common identification card, Mr.Pangalos explained. The card, issued jointly by Greece and Albania, will enable residents inside the zone to live in one country and work across the border in the other country within the designated zone. Restrictions for the other parts of the country will remain in place.

Lesvos business delegation in Izmir

A delegation of 40 members of Lesvos' chamber of commerce yesterday concluded a three-day visit to Izmir within the framework of that city's international exhibition. The delegation met with the Izmir Chamber of Commerce's board-members during the sidelines of the exhibition and arrived at several trade agreements for both exports and imports between businesses in the eastern Aegean islands and the coastal cities of Asia Minor.

Balkan writers/translators' conference in Alexandroupolis

A week-long Balkan writers' and translators' conference began on Saturday in Alexandroupoli. The conference, entitled "Balkan Writers' and Translators' Workshop" is organised by the National Book Centre in cooperation with the culture ministry and Evros prefecture. Topics to be discussed include whether there is a common Balkan literature or if the term is a current invention, and the notion of "southeastern Europe" instead of the term "Balkans", which sometimes invokes memories of chaos and instability in much of the rest of Europe.

Physicist Stephen Hawking at Samos cosmology conference

The second international conference on cosmology, geometry and physics is set to begin today on the eastern Aegean island of Samos. The conference is expected to focus on efforts to analyse modern physics and mathematical theories regarding the study of the structure and development of the early universe. World famous physicist Stephen Hawking will be among the more than 100 official participants at the conference, due to conclude on Friday.

Bullet-riddled body of Albanian policeman found in well

The bullet-riddled body of a missing Albanian policeman was found in a well near the village of Sayiada, Thesprotia prefecture, about 100 metres within the Greek border with Albania, authorities said yesterday. A local police official told the ANA that the body of 30-year-old Vladimir Beito was located Saturday night by a Greek military patrol. The man had disappeared about a week ago and Albanian police sought the assistance of Greek authorities, who began an investigation into his whereabouts.

First division soccer results

Olympiakos-Elefsina 1-1 Proodeftiki-Panathinaikos 1-2 AEK-Apollon 3-1 PAOK-Aris 1-4 Ionikos-Panionios 4-3 E.Asteras-Kavala 3-2 Pyrgos-Ethnikos 2-0 Heraklis-OFI tonight Xanthi-Veria tonight Standings, points: AEK, Aris, Panathinaikos, Ionikos 6, Olympiakos 4, OFI, Heraklis, Kavala, Pyrgos, E.Asteras 3, Elefsina 2, Xanthi 1.


Mild weather is forecast for the entire country today, turning cloudy in the afternoon in central and northern Greece with chances of showers in the north. Mild in Athens, with temperatures between 21-31 C. Same in Thessaloniki, with local clouds in the afternoon and temperatures between 18-27 C.


Friday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 308.710 British pound 510.582 Japanese yen (100) 215.700 French franc 51.463 German mark 172.509 Italian lira (100) 17.454 Irish Punt 433.504 Belgian franc 8.363 Finnish mark 56.609 Dutch guilder 152.867 Danish kr. 45.273 Austrian sch. 24.501 Spanish peseta 2.029 Swedish kr. 37.631 Norwegian kr. 38.023 Swiss franc 208.494 Port. Escudo 1.681 Aus. dollar 175.678 Can. dollar 195.999 Cyprus pound 588.256


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