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Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-09-16

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Athens, Greece, 16/09/1998 (ANA)


  • Albanian turmoil subsiding, Greece says
  • No plans for Albanian initiative right now
  • Thessaloniki rattled by three tremors
  • Trains, buses back on for Rolling Stones
  • German arrested in possession of hashish
  • Greek drowns after jet ski collision
  • FM Pangalos in New York
  • Finnish President continues Athens visit
  • Weather
  • Foreign Exchange


Albanian turmoil subsiding, Greece says

Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos on Wednesday said the prospect of a political resolution to the latest turmoil in Albania was gaining ground and that the situation in the neighbouring country was returning to normal. Tsohatzopoulos made his comments during his meeting with conservative opposition leader Costas Karamanlis, who on Tuesday called on the government to propose a meeting of the European Union Council of Ministers to discuss the situation. Tsohatzopoulos told Karamanlis that the armed forces were ready to deal with any development.

No plans for Albanian initiative right now

The government later denied reports of a telephone call between Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano and reports that Athens was planning to send a member of its foreign ministry to Tirana. Asked whether Greece was planning any initiative to restore order to Albania, spokesman Yannis Nikolaou said that Greece had played a significant role in the restoration of normality and democratic institutions in Albania in the past. "If we judge that a (new) initiative is required, we will pursue it," he said.

Thessaloniki rattled by three tremors

Three successive earthquakes shook the northern Greek capital of Thessaloniki before and after midnight Tuesday causing panic but no casualties, police said. A Thessaloniki university observatory spokesman said the tremors measuring between 3.3 and 2.5 on the Richter scale lasted 20 seconds each and despite of their low intensity caused panic among inhabitants in the region without damage. The tremors epicenter, according to the spokesman, was 10 kilometres northeast of Thessaloniki.

Trains, buses back on for Rolling Stones

Greece's bus and train drivers union showed on Wednesday that attending a Rolling Stones concert transcended labour disputes, cancelling a walk-out that would have made it difficult for fans to get to the venue. The legendary British band arrived in Greece on Sunday for their much awaited one and only concert tonight at the Athens Olympic Stadium. They were last in Greece a generation ago, in 1967, when their performance was cut short by trouble between the police and the audience. Drivers on trains and green buses said they were calling off a planned work stoppage beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, so as not to unduly inconvenience fans trying to get to the stadium, situated in the outer Athens suburbs and accessible by rail.

German arrested in possession of hashish

Police said on Wednesday they had arrested a German citizen found in possession of 14.8 grams of hashish at Thessaloniki's Macedonia Airport. Martin Hollstein, 34, from Hamburg, was detained by police on his arrival from Germany and is expected to be charged with trafficking.

Greek drowns after jet ski collision

A 45-year-old Greek man drowned on Tuesday when he was knocked unconscious by a jet ski while spear-fishing off the coast of Crete. An autopsy on Dimitris Makaranos, 45, from Iraklion, found that he had been hit by a jet ski or the plastic propellor of some other kind of pleasure craft while he was diving. The Iraklion Harbour Authority has undertaken an investigation into who was in the region at the time and may have been responsible for the accident. A 23-year-old British woman, Samantha Riddle, was killed in late June on the island of Rhodes when her rented jet ski collided with another jet ski, also driven by a British woman.

FM Pangalos in New York

Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos arrived in New York yesterday afternoon to attend the 53rd General Assembly of the United Nations. On the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Pangalos will have contacts with foreign diplomats and EU member-states' representatives. His schedule, apart from a speech at Columbia University, includes meetings with leading members of the Greek- American community, as well as with Archbishop of America Spyridon.

Finnish President continues Athens visit

Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis yesterday received visiting Finnish President Matti Ahtisaari, citing the excellent level of relations between the parliaments of the two countries. Mr. Ahtisaari expressed his satisfaction over the close cooperation between the parliaments of Greece and Finland and noted that he discussed with Mr. Kaklamanis ways "to make the people, and especially youth, interested in day-to-day issues and politics." He also stressed the need for the strengthening national parliaments' role and European intergration. The Finnish president also noted that the international community must support the effort for a just solution to the Cyprus problem.


Good weather will prevail throughout Greece on today with scattered cloud in the east and south of the country. Winds northwesterly, moderate to strong. Athens will be sunny with temperatures between 19-27C. Light cloud in Thessaloniki with temperatures from 17-25C.


Wednesday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 287.263 British pound 483.838 Japanese yen (100) 216.593 French franc 50.860 German mark 170.475 Italian lira (100) 17.271 Irish Punt 426.758 Belgian franc 8.266 Finnish mark 56.048 Dutch guilder 151.191 Danish kr. 44.753 Austrian sch. 24.205 Spanish peseta 2.009 Swedish kr. 36.954 Norwegian kr. 38.269 Swiss franc 206.832 Port. Escudo 1.664 Aus. dollar 172.013 Can. dollar 191.357 Cyprus pound 575.558


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